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The Perfusionist is a vital member of the cardiovascular operating team, as well as a participant in the academic program as an investigator in research and instructor. The Perfusionist will teach nurses, medical students and house staff about cardiovascular physiology and clinical perfusion.
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
Reviews patient medical history and chart, and consults with surgeon or physician to obtain patient information needed to set up heart-lung machine and associated equipment. Selects, assembles, and tests heart-lung machine to ensure that machine and associated equipment function according to specifications. Operates heart-lung machine to take over the function of the patient's heart and lungs during surgery under the direction of the surgeon. Maintains volume of blood in system and makes any adjustments needed to achieve conditions ordered by Surgeon such as changes in blood and patient temperature, physiologic variables in blood composition, flow rate, and adjusts equipment to maintain normal body functions. Constantly observes machine for malfunction such as broken lines, insufficient power, or pump failure and rapidly makes repairs or manually operates pump.
Disposes of throwaway items. Requests maintenance from manufacture or biomedical department for major repairs and all repairs to electrical components. Disassembles pump and mechanical components of heart-lung machine; cleans and adjusts parts appropriately.
May administer drugs, blood components, and anesthetic agents into the blood circulation. Draws blood specimens from the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuit for hematologic and electrolyte analysis, blood gas analysis, and coagulation studies. Operates various monitors which provide information about the patient and CPB status and interprets this information accurately. Maintains a legible and accurate documentation of perfusion procedures, drugs given, and other events relevant to that procedure.
Assembles and operates the intraoperative autologous blood recovery system (cell-saver) during heart surgery.