SAHP faculty and staff, don’t forget to log your time on the walking workstation this month for a chance to win fabulous prizes! The treadmill/computer combo is waiting for you in BTH 3011 with a “Miles in May” log-in sheet on the counter. Schedule your time with Nicki or Tammy O. and catch up on those emails while you stroll.
It’s National Perfusionist Appreciation Week, May 5-11, 2013. Sixty years ago, this week, a profession was born, and to honor perfusionists everywhere, the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology (AmSECT) president, David C. Fitzgerald, BS, CCP, wrote the following letter:
“To all of the perfusionists in the world celebrating the anniversary of Cardiopulmonary Bypass, we are forever grateful for your hard work and commitment to excellence. On behalf of the thousands of patients you serve daily, thank you for all that you do.
THANK YOU for your compassion and dedication to cardiovascular perfusion.
THANK YOU for your contributions to the success of the perfusion profession.
THANK YOU for attention to detail, even in the most adverse and emergent of circumstances.
THANK YOU for personal sacrifices to ensure that patient care comes first.
THANK YOU for enthusiasm and innovative thinking.
THANK YOU for providing the highest quality performance, through daylight hours and sleepless nights.
THANK YOU for sharp eyes in working to resolve discrepancies to ensure the safe delivery of extracorporeal support.
THANK YOU for your professionalism, and your ability to provide invaluable advices and kindness to others.
THANK YOU for your patience and your unswerving loyalty to be a patient safety advocate.
THANK YOU for providing whole-hearted support to perfusion colleagues and clinical peers around you.
Take this opportunity to reflect on the invaluable contributions you have provided to this profession. You are truly outstanding! AmSECT proudly commends you for your hard work and commitment. Enjoy the week! You earned it.”
Reminder: Our SAHP clinical perfusion education program director, David Holt, is giving a presentation on May 7th at the Science Cafe. Don’t miss it!
Heart-lung machine focus of May 7 Omaha Science Cafe
David Holt, program director for clinical perfusion at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will discuss the mystery, science and art of the heart-lung machine at the next Omaha Science Cafe at 7 p.m. on May 7 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Read more in the UNMC Today.
Clinical Perfusion alumnus, Kellen Goldberg, is mentoring current perfusion student, Kelly Cole, during the very first heart transplant at the brand new hospital, Children’s of Alabama. Children’s just received their individual accreditation since splitting from the University of Alabama. Take note of Kellen’s Nebraska brand (his hat) to the transplant!
A first-year Clinical Perfusion student has won the annual Nebraska Perfusion Society Scholarship awarded annually to the best essay submitted by perfusion students from around the country. Mr. Robert Ledbetter bested the competition for the $1500 prize on Saturday, February 23, 2013, in Lincoln. Many kudos to Robert and Clinical Perfusion!
This weekend in Las Vegas, our Clinical Perfusion students participated in the International conference for the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology. Among oral presentations by Courtney Petersen, Whitney Western, and Ryan Zavala and also a poster presentation by Kayla Kutilek, there was a “pseudo- Jeopardy” like “Perfusion Bowl” with competitions among all the perfusion schools in the US. Mr. Ryan Zavala and Mr. Cole McCallum competed, winning the competition and bringing home the Blue Ribbon. Way to go Clinical Perfusion Class of 2013!