To provide safe, competent and knowledgeable care of patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass, circulatory assist or other related procedures. To participate as an active member of the cardiac surgical team along with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and other nursing staff members. The incumbent must maintain an appropriate level of knowledge and clinical expertise through continuing education and self-development activities.
Education, License, & Cert
The staff Perfusionist must be a graduate of an accredited school of perfusion with the minimal requirement of a Bachelor of Science degree or related field, is Board Certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion an must obtain licensure by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
May vary from a new graduate to experienced in the field. New staff Perfusionists enter a planned departmental orientation program to become familiar with perfusion techniques and also to become familiar with the surgical department.
1. Knowledge and responsibilities of utilizing aseptic techniques in setting up, priming various circuits, oxygenators. Operation, troubleshooting the System 1, ECMO, VADS, Balloon Pumps, and inclusive of correct documentation in the EMR (Viper). Proper knowledge of pharmacological use of drugs.
2. Assembling and priming crystalloid and blood cardioplegia circuits.
3. Responsible for the set up calibration, and operation of the in line blood gas monitoring, management of pressure transducers, gas flow system analyzer, and management of normothermia vs. hypothermia induction systems.
4. Responsible for electrolyte, blood hematology and management of anticoagulation and reversal of the heparinized patient.
5. Knowledge and utilization of proper disposal of biohazardous wastes, ie disposables.
6. Evaluates the effectiveness of perfusion parameters and makes appropriate changes of optimal cardiopulmonary bypass.
7. Assembles and operates ultrafiltration devices for hemoconcentration on hemodilute patients.
8. Utilizes proper body mechanics to prevent injury to self or patients.
9. Demonstrates willingness to accept non-routine work assignments as appropriate.
10. Department is responsible for on call coverage 24 hours per day 7 days per week. Take share of 2 of 6 Holidays per year. Thirty minute response time to cover various blood recovery and auto transfusion systems for surgical emergency departments. Systems consist of: Heart/Lung machine, IABP, Cell Savers, VADS, ECMO.
1. Other duties as assigned.
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The Guthrie Clinic is a non-profit, integrated, practicing physician-led organization in the Twin Tiers of New York and Pennsylvania. Our multi-specialty group practice of more than 500 physicians and 302 advanced practice providers offers 47 specialties through a regional office network providing primary and specialty care in 22 communities. Guthrie Medical Education Programs include General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Anesthesiology and Orthopedic Surgery Residency, as well as Cardiovascular, Gastroenterology and Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship programs. Guthrie is also a clinical campus for the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.