Under the general supervision and direction of the physician, operates extracorporeal circulation equipment during medical procedures requiring support or temporary replacement of patient’s circulatory or respiratory functions for patients. Prepares, administers, and monitors flow of prescribed solutions (cardioplegic solution, hemodilution pump prime composition) used during cardiac procedures. Involves determining patient factors (hematocrit, body size, osmolarity) to mix solutions for pumping into coronary arteries or solutions to clear air from bypass equipment. Sets automatic controls and observes meters and gauges to verify operation of equipment. Operates equipment to achieve conditions ordered by surgeon, such as total bypass, coronary perfusion, recirculation or partial bypass. Receives and interprets blood gas analysis reports from laboratory. Adjusts and monitors heart-lung machine setting as a result of lab reports from laboratory. Adjusts and monitors heart-lung machine setting as a result of lab report interpretation to maintain hemeostasis. Retains knowledge of, or proper use of, procedures and equipment (pharmacological intervention, normal routes or coagulation, assembly and design for bypass circuitry).
Aseptic technique: Follows the appropriate technique as defined by LRMC for the hand scrub. Initiates correction action when a break in technique occurs. Inspects/maintains sterility of supplies/trays. Protects integrity of the sterile field.
Perfusionist shall have broad education training in cardiovascular perfusion generally obtained by successful completion of an accredited cardiovascular perfusion training program and certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.
Ability to work:
Under stress during emergency situations.
Under little direct supervision.
In cooperation with others.