Kettering Health Network

  • Perfusionist - Operating Room - Kettering Medical Center

    Posted Date 5 months ago(3/23/2018 10:42 AM)
    Job ID
    Job Location
    Job Category
    Surgical Services
    Job Type
    Resource (PRN)
    Varied Shifts
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    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).

    Responsibilities & Requirements

    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.


    • Surgery Participation – Consults with surgeon regarding type of procedure to be performed and any required modification to the extracorporeal circuit, equipment or methods to be employed.   Assembles, primes, circulates and tests the extracorporeal circuit prior to initiation of heart/lung bypass.  Monitors and observes the operation of the heart/lung machine and the patient’s physiologic parameters during extracorporeal circulation, making adjustments as required maintaining adequate perfusion.    Administers medications and/or blood products to the patient via the heart/lung machine, in consultation with the attending surgeon or anesthesiologist.    Obtains patient specimens at appropriate times during the surgical procedure for laboratory analysis.   Disassembles the extracorporeal circuit at the completion of heart/lung bypass, appropriately disposes of single use items and cleans equipment.
    • Participates in physiological monitoring – Directs/assists in the set-up testing and operation of physiologic monitoring instrumentation used for cardiac surgical procedures, i.e. blood pressure and electrocardiogram monitors, blood coagulation test devices, cardiac output computers, blood flow-meters, temporary cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, intra-aortic balloon pumps, etc.
    • Safety practices – Able to follow safety standards according to established guidelines, i.e. lifting, equipment, universal precautions, OSHA guidelines.   Maintains a safe patient environment by reporting faulty equipment, cleans and sterilizes instrumentation per procedure.  


    Job Requirements


    Educational requirements:  


    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. 


    Preferred Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree.


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