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Working As A Perfusionist

  • $107,906

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What Does A Perfusionist Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Manages the extracorporeal circulation and myocardial protection during cardiopulmonary bypass
* Executes circulatory support (CPS systems/Intra-aortic Balloon pumps) and ventricular assistance (left or right ventricular assist devices) in the operating room, Cath Lab, and Intensive Care Units.
* Performs blood conservation techniques and autotransfusion procedures.
* Performs physiological monitoring and analysis.
* Monitors and maintains an adequate anticoagulation status of the patient during CPB according to established protocols.
* Performs blood gas and blood chemistry monitoring and analysis during CPB.
* Conducts hemodilution and hemofiltration during CPB.
* Administers medications, blood components and anesthetic agents via the extracorporeal circuit, as prescribed by the surgeon in charge.
* Participates in the evaluation of new products with the goal of improving or maintaining quality of patient care.
* Participates in data entry and maintenance of the open-heart database.
* Assist in the management of the inventory as it pertains to open heart and autotransfusion procedures.
* Completes associated documentation required with each described duty.
* Participates in the Quality Assurance Program for open-heart and autotransfusion cases.
* Selects the appropriate equipment and perfusion techniques to be used during extracorporeal circulation to meet the individual patient’s needs.
* Employ’s all safety devices during extracorporeal circulation as per written protocol.
* Participates in the Call Rotation

What Does A Perfusionist Do At Dartmouth-Hitchcock

* 1. Assembles all equipment and medications appropriate to a particular procedure.
* Sets-up, primes and de-bubbles functioning heart-lung machine circuit under aseptic conditions.
* Verifies proper operation of all mechanical, electrical and ventilatory systems, including safety devices and alarm systems.
* Completes and documents perfusion-specific safety checklists
* Develops preoperative perfusion plan and calculates perfusion formulae based on patient's medical history and anticipated procedures.
* Communicates this plan to attending surgeon and anesthesiologist
* Establishes continuous arterial-venous system on the patient at the beginning of open-heart surgery.
* Continuously monitors physiological parameters and evaluates successful perfusion technique.
* Regulates the temperature of the patient while on bypass.
* Uses the techniques of goal-directed perfusion to protect the patient
* Sets-up, calibrates and observes monitoring devices such as cerebral oximeters, coagulation analyzers and blood gas monitors.
* Continuously evaluates data and adapts perfusion plan accordingly
* Using sound professional judgment, in consultation with the attending physicians, alters perfusion parameters during surgery to meet the evolving needs of patient and surgeon, or in response to mechanical failure or problem
* Ensures proper termination of perfusion and support of vital signs when heart and lungs resume functioning following surgery.
* Documents perfusion activities and narrative in the electronic perfusion record.
* Charges for supplies used and accurately completes the Medication Administration Record for the case
* Disassembles heart-lung pump.
* Disposes of contaminated materials appropriately, cleaning up all non-disposable parts.
* Transmits perfusion record to electronic medical record
* Maintains instruments, medication and equipment supplies for caseload/emergencies.
* Orders supplies as needed and restocks carts
* Sets-up and operates blood conservation systems for open-heart patients.
* Assists blood conservation procedures in other rooms.
* Assists in training operators in the general OR
* Operates intra-aortic balloon pump for open-heart patients as needed
* Provides ventricular assist or extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technology to patients as needed.
* Such efforts may require 24/7 coverage until assist effort is terminated.
* Assist and advise Respiratory Therapy ECMO Specialists for venovenous ECMO; the perfusionist will be present for cannulation, initiation and termination of V
* V ECMO, as well as daily rounding
* Performs regular inspections and routine maintenance of perfusion equipment.
* Arranges for periodic professional service at appropriate intervals and emergency services, as needed.
* Informs appropriate personnel if a piece of equipment must be taken out of service for safety reasons
* Completes statistics and data forms for local and national data-base, research and quality improvement initiatives.
* Works to comply with national essentials and guidelines for perfusion practice
* Participates in conferences, rounds and continuing educational programs.
* Keeps abreast of current developments in the field, and of quality assurance and safety issues
* Works with nursing personnel, mid-level providers, house staff and attending physicians to provide the best care possible at the right time, every time
* Performs other duties as required or assigned by either the Section Chief or the Lead Perfusionist

What Does A Perfusionist Do At Tufts Medical Center

* Operates heart-lung machine and its ancillary equipment under supervision of the professional staff, at all times monitoring and maintaining continuous blood flow and respiration to the patient.
* Alters the system to adapt to changes in the patient condition or operative technique.
* Maintains thorough perfusion records before, during and after pump run, recording pump data, laboratory values and activated clotting times.
* Monitors and records patients vital signs such as blood flow rates, blood volume, gas flow rates, oxygenation, EKG and temperature during bypass.
* Completes safety checklists and records other data forms when relevant.
* Provides for maximization of blood conservation techniques.
* Assembles and operates Cell Saver and other intraoperative blood salvage systems, including hemoconcentrators.
* Assesses patients eligibility for autologous pre-bypass blood donation and if eligible performs collection for post bypass re-transfusion.
* May add human blood or blood products to the bypass system when necessary.
* Determines heparin/protamine dosages for anticoagulation and reversal.
* Monitors patients coagulation status through use of activated clotting times and if necessary, other laboratory tests.
* Adjusts systems so that patient's respiratory and/or circulatory systems gradually performs independently of the pump.
* Continues to monitor physiological parameters until patient is independent of mechanical assistance.
* Disassembles equipment, inspects, cleans and reassembles equipment and insures that it is properly stored.
* Prepares appropriate equipment for sterilization.
* Reviews patients records and consults with surgeon, anesthesiologist and/or nursing staff to ascertain physical parameters of patient for appropriate selection of perfusion equipment.
* Prepares appropriate equipment for each case using accepted sterile techniques.
* Assembles solutions and drugs to be used during bypass.
* Performs, or arranges for, preventative maintenance of perfusion equipment.
* Maintains log of PM scheduling and documents to verify compliance.
* Orders, inventories and stores standard supplies and equipment through Pyxis.
* Assists in the training of new perfusion personnel.
* Maintains certification with the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion by yearly fulfilling appropriate continuing education and case reporting.
* Participates in continuing education of group by preparing discussions and talks as assigned.
* Performs quality assurance tests as indicted by hospital and JCAHO protocol, and records such data for review and audit.
* Supplies yearly verification of completion of OSHA mandated safety modules.
* Responsible for out of house coverage (on call) as dictated by monthly call schedule.
* Response time must be within 45 minutes from time paged.
* Also responsible for in house coverage as deemed by the call schedule and necessity.
* Provides coverage to adult/pediatric cardiac catherization laboratory during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) procedures, stent and device placements or other emergency procedures.
* Assists with the set-up/placement of intra-aortic balloon catheter in the operating room.
* Operates/monitors timing of IABP console during operative procedure and transport if necessary.
* Serves as hospital resource group for technical issues including all assist devices ( Heart –Mate, Abio
* Med, Tandem Heart,Thoratec,and Heart
* Mate 2).
* Provides 24-hour coverage to liver transport service.
* Sets up and runs veno-veno bypass circuit to shunt liver during transplant procedures.
* Also provide veno-veno bypass for hepatic resections.
* Provides technical support and assistance to neuro-surgery during procedures which require periods of deep hypothermic arrest and cessation of blood flow.
* Also provide coverage to emergency room/surgery for the re-warming/resuscitation of hypothermic victims using cardiopulmonary bypass as well as HIPEC Hyperthermia Intraperitoneal extracorporeal Chemotherapy Sets up and assists with the cannulation of patients requiring ventricular assists devices in the operating room.
* Provides daily assistance/support and education to the nursing and house staff in caring for these patients.
* Maintains collaborative, team relationships with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the working groups achievement of goals, and to help foster a positive work environment Performs other similar job related duties as required or directed

What Does A Perfusionist Do At Ascension Health

* Prepares for procedures by performing patient assessment.
* Performs perfusion and other procedures including the monitoring of the patient's anticoagulation, electrolyte, acid-base and blood-gas status throughout procedures and takes appropriate action to resolve imbalances.
* Performs assembly, maintenance, cleaning and calibration of perfusion equipment and maintains adequate supplies.
* Provides proper documentation of assessments, activities, and procedures.
* Prepares for procedures by performing and documenting patient assessment, and by performing assembly/checks of necessary equipment and supplies.
* Performs assembly, maintenance, cleaning and calibration of perfusion equipment.
* Performs and documents perfusion and other procedures.
* Monitors the patient's anticoagulation, electrolyte, acid-base and blood-gas status throughout procedures and takes appropriate action to resolve imbalances.
* Participates in or performs research.
* Stays abreast of current practice standards and advances in field

What Does A Perfusionist Do At Kaiser Permanente

* Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed.
* SPECIFIC TASK - RELATED ASPECTS:Procedures
* Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Electrocardiograph In vivo and In vitro Procedures Operating Room Procedures Pulse Tracing Specimen Preparation.
* Equipment Computer Heart/Lung Washing/Cleaning.
* TIME SPENT PROFILE:Type of Activity Scheduled Procedures:Includes patient prep, other prep, performing, assisting, and follow-up actions.
* Analyzing Information:Includes reading test results, preparing mathematical calculations, and putting specific data into perspective.
* Collecting and Maintaining Written Information :Includes logs, lab slips, charts, forms, requisitions, filing and scheduling appointments.
* Unscheduled Procedures:Including Emergency patient care services and other unscheduled care.
* Cleaning:Includes sterilization, work area, soaking instruments and decontamination

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Perfusionist Demographics

Gender

Male

57.1%

Female

40.5%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Japanese

28.6%

Russian

14.3%

Portuguese

14.3%

Hebrew

14.3%
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Perfusionist Education

Schools

Ohio State University

10.6%

Midwestern University

10.6%

Barry University

8.7%

Quinnipiac University

7.7%

Rush University

5.8%

University of Phoenix

5.8%

Northeastern University

5.8%

University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

4.8%

University of Nebraska Medical Center

4.8%

Grossmont College

4.8%

State University of New York Upstate Medical University

4.8%

Learning Institute of Texas

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

University of Arizona

3.8%

Milwaukee School of Engineering

3.8%

University of Toledo

2.9%

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

1.9%

University of North Dakota

1.9%

University of California - San Francisco

1.9%

Long Island University - C W Post Campus

1.9%
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Majors

Medical Technician

46.8%

Business

9.6%

Biology

7.3%

Physiology And Anatomy

6.0%

Nursing

4.6%

Clinical Psychology

4.1%

Physician Assistant

3.2%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Psychology

2.3%

Health Sciences And Services

2.3%

Pharmacology

1.8%

Finance

1.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.4%

Public Health

0.9%

Microbiology

0.9%

Biotechnology

0.9%

Health Education

0.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.9%

Military Applied Sciences

0.9%

Human Resources Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.2%

Masters

30.8%

Other

14.6%

Certificate

11.5%

Associate

6.7%

Doctorate

3.2%
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Real Perfusionist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Clinical Perfusionist, APH Orlando Health, Inc. Orlando, FL Mar 24, 2014 $145,000
Graduate Perfusionist Vassar Brothers Medical Center Poughkeepsie, NY Aug 20, 2012 $129,279
Staff Perfusionist Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Aug 10, 2015 $125,008
Pediatric Perfusionist All Children's Health System, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL May 01, 2016 $125,000
Pediatric Perfusionist All Children's Health System, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Jan 05, 2016 $125,000
Pediatric Perfusionist All Children's Hospital, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Feb 29, 2016 $125,000
Cardiovascular Perfusionist Loma Linda University Health Care Loma Linda, CA Sep 22, 2013 $115,793
CV Perfusionist Cardiovascular Perfusion Specialists, LLC Baton Rouge, LA Jan 12, 2015 $115,000
Staff Pediatirc Perfusionist Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR Apr 02, 2010 $111,490
Staff Pediatric Perfusionist Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR Apr 02, 2010 $111,490
Cardiovascular Perfusionist Loma Linda University Health Care Loma Linda, CA May 31, 2013 $110,219
Perfisionist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Oct 13, 2015 $110,000
Perfusionist Specialtycare, Inc. Morristown, NJ Sep 13, 2016 $107,466
Graduate Perfusionist Vassar Brothers Medical Center Poughkeepsie, NY Aug 20, 2009 $104,488
Cardiovascular Perfusionist Peacehealth Springfield, OR Oct 01, 2012 $104,350
Staff Cardiovascular Perfusionist General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jul 01, 2015 $98,904
Perfusionist University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Oct 19, 2016 $98,743
Perfusionist Loma Linda University Health Care Loma Linda, CA May 31, 2010 $97,406
Perfusionist University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Jul 23, 2012 $93,000
Perfusionist University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jun 09, 2014 $91,000
SR. Perfusionist University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jul 11, 2011 $90,765
Perfusionist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Oct 13, 2012 $90,000
Cardiovascular Perfusionist Comprehensive Care Services, Inc. Royal Oak, MI Jan 03, 2016 $90,000
Cardiovascular Perfusionist Evergreen Perfusion, Inc. Tacoma, WA Jun 15, 2012 $89,000
Cardiovascular Perfusionist Comprehensive Care Services, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 22, 2016 $85,275
Cardiovascular Perfusionist Newport Coast Cardiovascular Services Inc. Newport Beach, CA Oct 01, 2012 $85,000
Perfusionist Comprehensive Care Services, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 08, 2015 $85,000
Cardio Perfusionist Yale New Haven Hospital New Haven, CT Jun 29, 2012 $82,228

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  1. Heart-Lung Machine
  2. Bypass
  3. Ecmo
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  • Operated heart-lung machine to administer drugs and anesthetic agents and control body temperature during surgery.
  • Monitor patient's physiologic parameters during cardiopulmonary bypass such as the temperature, arterial line pressure and urine output.
  • Evaluated and streamlined preexisting ECMO circuit as a member of the ECMO task force.
  • Maintained perfusion charts and records of cardiac surgical procedures.
  • Assisted with insertion and use of IABP and Swan-Ganz monitoring.

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