The Purpose of the Tell-Tale Hearts Section of PerfusionTheory.com By Gary Grist RN CCP Emeritus

Tell-Tale Hearts is the latest section on this web site. PerfusionTheory.com was always intended to be a free educational web site where I could share theories, science, methods and history from my perfusion career experience and the experience of others… Read More

The Tale of a Perfusionist’s Thankful Heart by Eileen Heller-Stading CCP

Will I be done with my case before traffic gets really bad?? I have to pick up cranberries on my way home, will there be any left at the store?? I hope I don’t get called into work, I know… Read More

A Tale of Accidental Testicular Torture from Applying Electrical Joules to the Jewels Or- “How Not to Learn Backflips” by Thomas N. Muziani PA-C, CP

A little historical context is necessary. In the early 1960’s clinicians, (surgeons, physicians and nurses) realized they needed to “up-their game” when it came to treating a new level of post-operative patient. The in-vogue craniotomies and emerging popularity of open-heart… Read More

The Tale of Bloody Brenda: A Tribute to OR Nurses By Gary Grist RN CCP Emeritus

Many decades ago, I walked into the new hospital operating room where I was just hired as a perfusionist and a scrub nurse. Two of the first things I saw were the OR locker room labels; “Doctors” and “Nurses”.  I… Read More

A Tale Of An ECMO Miracle by Gary Grist RN CCP Emeritus

I think I have seen several genuine miracles during my career. The one that affected me most involved a post-op heart surgery neonate who ended up on ECMO in the OR. After several days on ECMO the baby’s condition appeared… Read More

“Our family is suffering terribly”: A Tragic Tale Of Post Pump Chorea by Gary Grist RN CCP Emeritus

“Posted by CCF MD on November 26, 1997 at 12:01:09: In Reply to: postpump chorea posted by CBaeta on October 26, 1997 at 17:06:52: My 7 year old son underwent his second open heart, with cpb and hypothermia, on July… Read More

A RIP Saw Tale And A Bloody, Blob Monster By Gary Grist RN CCP Emeritus

Many years ago the heart surgeon at the hospital where I was working had just gotten his first pneumatic reciprocating saw (aka rip saw).  Prior to that, he used a Gigli saw to open most chests.  Gigli saws are a… Read More

The Shutter Bug-out: A True Tale of Fright Flight by Thomas Muziani PA-C CP

During the late 1970’s I had the privilege of working with a brilliant surgeon that gained worldwide recognition as a vascular surgeon. He made the decision to become a cardiac surgeon and went back to the University of Minnesota to… 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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