Cardiovascular Perfusionist Job Description

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Cardiovascular Perfusionist Job Description


Job Title: Cardiovascular Perfusionist


Job Summary:

As a cardiovascular perfusionist, you will be responsible for providing critical support to patients undergoing open-heart surgery and other cardiovascular procedures. Your duties will include operating the heart-lung machine, monitoring patients' vital signs and blood chemistry, and administering medications and blood products. You will also be responsible for coordinating with the surgical team to ensure that patients receive safe and effective care.



- Operate and maintain the heart-lung machine during open-heart surgery and other cardiovascular procedures.

- Monitor patients' vital signs, blood chemistry, and oxygen levels, and adjust the heart-lung machine settings as needed.

- Administer medications and blood products to maintain patients' blood pressure, heart rate, and blood chemistry.

- Coordinate with the surgical team to ensure that patients receive safe and effective care.

- Provide support during emergencies or complications, including administering CPR and other life-saving measures.

- Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of patients' care, including the use of the heart-lung machine and administration of medications and blood products.

- Participate in quality improvement initiatives and stay up-to-date with advances in cardiovascular perfusion technology and techniques.



- Bachelor's degree in cardiovascular perfusion or a related field.

- Certification as a Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion or eligibility to become certified.

- Knowledge of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and hemodynamics.

- Ability to operate and maintain the heart-lung machine and other cardiovascular perfusion equipment.

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work as part of a team.

- Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate records.

- Ability to work under pressure and respond quickly to emergencies.

- Commitment to patient safety and privacy.

- Willingness to work flexible hours and adjust to changes in surgical schedules and patient needs.

- Experience working in a cardiovascular perfusionist role, preferably in a hospital or other healthcare setting.