Designs and assembles extracorporeal circuits and equipment for cardiopulmonary bypass, left heart bypass, VAD, ECMO, veno-venous bypass, intra-aortic balloon pumps, and autologous blood recovery equipment. Maintains patient parameters per guidelines and as ordered by the physicians during CPB, MCS and autologous blood recovery procedures. Administers medications, anesthetic agents and blood products under the orders and supervision of a physician. Performs chemistry, blood gas, co-oximetry, and activated clotting time tests. Review all patient data prior to intervention to determine appropriate circuitry and equipment applications; collaborates with attending surgeon on the selection of circuit components and special patient requirements. Effectively communicates with cardiac surgeon, anesthesiologist, other perfusionists and operating room personnel.
Must be able to operate, maintain, calibrate and perform quality control testing on all of the operating room point of care laboratory equipment as per institutional protocols and CLIA requirements. May coordinate with the Clinical Engineering department preventative maintenance and routine equipment checks of all perfusion related equipment. May be asked to maintain and monitor cryogenic storage unit for human tissue grafts. Participates in evaluating new perfusion equipment (i.e., hardware and disposables) to determine operational characteristics and therapeutic value.
Functions in capacity as backup Perfusionist; duties to include obtaining additional disposable supplies or medicines, charting, performing laboratory tests, troubles shooting equipment failures or malfunctions, relieving primary Perfusionist during lengthy procedures. Provides perfusion call coverage. May provide perfusion support in research laboratory.
·Record Keeping and Compliance
Responsible for accurate and timely perfusion case data entry into perfusion database. Maintains accurate documentation of perfusion cases and departmental functions for efficient department operation.
·Professional Development and Training
Participates in clinical educational programs. Participates in continuing educational programs with physicians and other Perfusionist in an effort to advance medical and circulation technology. Maintains education in the field of perfusion through continuing education, literature, and seminars and applies this knowledge to the care of patients.Maintains currency in field through continuing education, literature and seminars. Implements this knowledge into the Cardiothoracic Surgery department.
Familiar with entire disposable and cryogenic tissue inventory management process; includes inventory management, ordering, shipment tracking, receiving and tissue handling.
Knowledge of principles and techniques of circulation technology
Interpersonal skills necessary to work with hospital employees, physicians, patients, family members and community professionals.
Must be able to perform the essential duties of the job which may include the ability to push heavy equipment and move large boxes.
Must possess exceptional critical thinking skills and have the ability to deal with extreme pressure and stress