Experience: 2 – 3 years
- Studying the patients medical history and notes to be prepared for the surgery
- Operating and selecting of a variety of extracorporeal circulation equipment, such as the heart-lung machine, the artificial heart, blood transfusion devices, the intra-aortic balloon pump, and various ventricular-assist devices
- Monitoring and care management of the patient during surgery to ensure safe physiologic functions
- Routine administration of various types of blood products and medications to patients during surgery
- A variety of administrative duties, such as equipment management, supply purchasing, department management, and quality improvement
Perfusionist monitors and maintains many patient parameters during CPB. This includes the regulation of blood pressure, heart rate, urinary output, arterial and venous blood gasses, acid/base status, blood coagulation, temperature, and myocardial protection. In addition, the mechanical parameters of the circuit must be constantly assessed.
The Perfusionist must remain alert and attentive and must respond appropriately to changes and problems. Procedures covered include CABG, valve, aortic aneurysm, heart ventricular assist devices, and neonatal & pediatric congenital defect surgeries.
Assists in instructing Cardiac Anesthesia Residents, Perfusion students, advanced practice providers, nursing staff, medical students, and residents with understanding cardiopulmonary bypass.