CREF 2014: Live Blog- Day 3


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Editors Note:

Welcome on Day 3 of CREF 2014!  I am attending this year, and have been Live Blogging this event throughout the conference.  Please check back often for updates as they happen.

Thanks for following ‘Surfers, and enjoy the conference 🙂

Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP

Circuit Surfers dot com

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Day 3 Schedule:


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Notes & Observations:

The Design Considerations in Oxygenation Systems was a very well put together presentation.  It covered a lot of ground in terms of the engineering behind the ECC design, and trade-offs as well as down to earth comparisons so that a layman could understand it.

It was succinct, and a paradigm shift as it was delivered from the analytical perspective of an engineer.  I learned a lot from it, but more importantly- gained a new respect for the thought process that goes behind the continuous improvement and development of better systems.  A very nice primer- well spoken presenter.

Kudos to Medtronic– for thinking outside the box on this one 🙂

The luncheon was good, (and I was starving) but the presentation was better- so that pretty much says what needs to be said.

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Live Blog- CREF Day 3

Well it was a good day.

A lot of dialogue with some very good people.  Was both humbled and almost embarrassed as two perfusionists thanked me for what I was doing.  It was an honor, but am not in this gig for fame or accolades, just want a better system than the archaic and in my opinion- broken system we have as a perfusion network.

Leniency and tolerance are also a plus side to advancing dialogue between cultures in our profession.  Every discussion does not have to become a “pump run analysis”, that is usually scored at many levels-  and certainly should never become antagonistic.

A wake up call so to speak, is an adrenaline rush going fro 0-60 mph to do what we do.  And that’s where it stops or should stop.  Second guesses are simply that- speculation and conjecture from uninvolved parties- who had nothing on the line with whatever hideous circumstances you were confronted with the night before- and then tried to share with your peers the next day.

So anyway- here are some of today’s pictures and highlights.

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A very cool concept to introduce the participants to one another, a medium for job opportunities, a section for self disclosure (see the next section below), and a current events for the CREF conference section.  It was different, and effective.

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The Things That Keep You Awake @ Night

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This is self explanatory and a segway to a prior post I had written titled “Perfusion Dreams”

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The Turkish Dude

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His name is Tamer Sari, current president of the Turkish Perfusion Society.

A really fun and nice guy.  He came a long way to hang with us, and I gave him some tips as to where to get the best deals on cool North Face gear and clothing.

You will be seeing a post or two from him written in Turkish- for the perfusionists in the Turkish Society 🙂

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Dr. Bruce Speiss

Yeah- that guy! 

A true legend in the world of Cardiac Anesthesia.

I met him as he was looking at some of the perfusion art.  He was TOTALLY complimentary, which blew my mind, because I told him that I had used so many of his articles as references when writing some of my own articles/book chapters.

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The MDA/Perfusionist from Hong Kong

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Dr. Low comes with a rare skill set- both a perfusionist and and Anesthesiologist, hailing from Hong Kong, China.

Very articulate in English, with a slight English accent when he spoke.  We discussed the team dynamics and interplay that come to surface when unexpected events occur, and how arriving at a safe clinical outcome is truly a euphoric high 🙂

I asked him to write an article or two for “Surfers.

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The Circle of Life

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Nadia Azuero- CCP and currently in Med School.  Huge contributor to the art gallery- in terms of art submissions, as well as moral support for the concept of the ‘Surfers blog.  Here she is standing next to 2 of her own pieces of art- (far right and far left).

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At the end of the day, I arranged the art collection in a semi circle in the large foyer outside of the conference doors.

A stone Henge type concept in the middle of the Bayfont Hilton.  It was well received and had that “gallery feel” to it.

All in all?  This was worthwhile venture, and a paradigm shift for more than a few people.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to introduce and share the potential of

Thank you ALL- for such a warm reception!

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Order Prints from The  Perfusion Art Gallery

The Final Cut

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