Under the direction of the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Cardiothoracic Attending Surgeons and the Chief Perfusionist of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Clinical Cardiovascular Perfusionist is responsible for conducting extracorporeal circulation and ensuring the safe management of cardiorespiratory functions during any medical situation where it is necessary to support or replace the patient's cardiopulmonary/circulation functions. Responsible for monitoring the necessary physiologic variables during cardiopulmonary bypass; administering blood byproducts; administering anesthetic agents and drugs through extracorporeal circuit, maintaining accurate records; following established protocols in accordance with hospital policy and directives from attending surgeons.
Requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree. Must have graduated from, or be currently enrolled in, an accredited Perfusion Education program, and anticipating graduation prior to hire date.
Degree requirement may be waived for applicants who were admitted to the examination process before April 15, 1981, or have been previously certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP).
Certification in Cardiovascular Perfusion by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion or eligible to take the examination for certification.
Must be licensed by the board of Registration of Perfusionists in Massachusetts. Out-of-state licensed perfusionists must obtain MA license within 90 days of employment. New grads must obtain license within 18 months of employment.
CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support) certification required.
Cardiovascular Perfusionist experience in a fast-paced academic hospital is preferred.
- Basic knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Chemistry, Pathology and Mathematics.
- Work requires knowledge of perfusion equipment and its operation; basic knowledge of the circuitry and operation of ventricular assist devices and of clinical physiology necessary to conduct the best possible perfusion for any given patient.
- Must have the ability to exercise appropriate judgment to respond immediately to unexpected events, especially in crisis situations when preparation time is a factor in successful treatment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to work smoothly and effectively as a member of a close functioning team; and to interact effectively with the medical staff, nursing staff and various departments throughout the hospital.
- Ability to use considerable mental and visual strain during procedures when constant attention must be paid to monitoring signals and machine function.
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