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Full Job Title: Clinical Perfusionist

Job Number: 96886

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Date Posted: 1-10-2018

PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Clinical Perfusionist is responsible for the operation, maintenance and utilization of circulation technology applications including but not limited to: cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB); left heart bypass; mechanical circulatory support (MCS); ventricular assist device (VAD); extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO); veno-venous by pass for liver transplantation; intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP); myocardial preservation; autologous blood recovery/blood conservation; anticoagulation and hematologic monitoring/analysis; physiologic monitoring/analysis; blood gas and chemistry monitoring/analysis; induction of hypothermia with reversal; hemodilution; hemofiltration; administration of mediations, blood components and anesthetic agents via the extracorporeal circuit;. The Clinical Perfusionist provides age-appropriate care to patients from the age of birth through 21 years and adult patients with congenital heart disease or MCS at a medical center dedicated to the care of infants, children and adolescents.

Responsibilities
·Clinical Perfusion
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.
·Equipment
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.
·Department Coverage
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.
·Inventory
Familiar with entire disposable and cryogenic tissue inventory management process; includes inventory management, ordering, shipment tracking, receiving and tissue handling.

Skills & Competencies
·Circulation Technology
Knowledge of principles and techniques of circulation technology
·Interpersonal Skills
Interpersonal skills necessary to work with hospital employees, physicians, patients, family members and community professionals.
·Professional Knowledge
Must be able to perform the essential duties of the job which may include the ability to push heavy equipment and move large boxes.
·Critical Thinking
Must possess exceptional critical thinking skills and have the ability to deal with extreme pressure and stress

Required:
·Bachelor's degree required in an allied health field AND a strong science background AND advanced training in circulation technology from a CAHEP accredited program perfusion training program
·Must be certified or eligible to sit for certification exam or pursuing certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Must attain certification within the first 18 months of employment. ABCP certification must be maintained during the term of employment.

Preferred:
·Experience with pediatric CPB, ECMO and other MCS devices.
·AmSECT's Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion Designation

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