Dogma of the Arterial Blood Gas

Modern blood gas analysis came into widespread use during the polio epidemic of the early 1950s to assess the respiratory status of patients and the efficiency of the new breathing support equipment, i.e., the iron lung. Smaller and faster testing… Read More


A “never event” is an informal term for a serious reportable event (SRE) that could cause patient harm or death as defined by the National Quality Forum (NQF). The NQF is an organization working toward safety in healthcare among other… Read More

The Impaired Perfusionist

It is easy to change a failing oxygenator or fix a broken pump. But how do you fix a broken perfusionist? Even more importantly, how do you know when a perfusionist is broken? There is failure on the part of… Read More

“World Peace…One Conversation at a Time” By Barbara Grist

  “World Peace…One Conversation at a Time”. What a great quote to post on the home page of US Servas, a non-profit organization who’s mission is peace and cultural understanding.   Thich Naht Hahn is just one author advocating peace by starting… Read More

Not A New Pump, Rather A “NuStep” From Dick Sarns

I retired in December of 2014.  Anyone who retires thinking all their problems are solved should think again; finances, health care, estate planning, etc.  My primary concern, however, was not any of those things.  I was primarily concerned with staying… Read More

Malignant Hyperthermia Part II

  The perfusionist’s preparation to deal with malignant hyerthermia (MH) and its variants should begin with the education of other health care professionals. Because the resuscitation of a patient enduring MH can be lengthy, sufficient time is usually available for… Read More

Malignant Hyperthermia Part I

  Hazardous material (HAZMAT) teams are community resources that maintain constant vigilance against toxic contamination of the environment. Each HAZMAT team maintains training and readiness for the rarest and worst of all toxic contamination accidents , a nuclear reactor meltdown,… Read More

Perfusion Theory is an educational platform for the Oxygen Pressure Field Theory (OPFT). August Krogh’s theoretical concept of the oxygen pressure field is explained and then applied to clinical applications in perfusion practice.

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