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Perfusionist-Open Heart in Findlay, OH at Blanchard Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 3/19/2019

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Job Description


The clinical perfusionist is a skilled professional, qualified by academic and clinical education, who operates extracorporeal circulation equipment during any medical situation requiring the support or replacement of the patient's cardiopulmonary/circulatory function and ensures the proper physiologic management of the patient by monitoring all necessary variables. The perfusionist functions to support, treat, measure, or supplement the cardiopulmonary and circulatory system of the patient.


Duty 1: Demonstrates expertise in the set-up and operation of the cardio-pulmonary bypass circuit

Duty 2: Understands the indications and contraindications for the use of ventricular assist devices, and is skilled at assisting in their insertion

Duty 3: Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of myocardial protection and is skilled at delivery of cardioplegia

Duty 4: Demonstrates expertise in the set-up and operation of autologous blood processing devices

Duty 5: Demonstrates skill in assisting in the insertion of intr-aortic balloon pumps (IABP), as well as expertise in the operation of the IABP

Duty 6: Is knowledgeable in regards to appropriate physiologic monitoring and analysis

Duty 7: Is knowledgeable in regards to the administration of medications, blood components, and anesthetic agents via the extracorporeal circuit

Duty 8: Is knowledgeable and skilled in the practice of anticoagulation and hematologic monitoring and analysis

Duty 9: Is skilled in the practice of induction and reversal of hypothermia and hyperthermia

Duty10: Is knowledgeable and practiced in the documentation associated with the described duties


  • Completed training at an accredited perfusion program and is certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP)
  • Has at least 2 years’ experience working in the field
  • Certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and possesses a strong educational background in Physics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.
  • The perfusionist is required to possess effective communication skills, and the ability to work in a sometimes stressful work environment.
  • On-call responsibilities will be required, as well as the ability to work a minimum of eight hours a day or more, depending upon case and staffing requirements.
  • While on call, the perfusionist is required to maintain a 30-minute response time to the operating room.
  • Holiday, evening, and weekend call, and work hours will be required when necessary.
  • The perfusionist will complete all continuing education requirements in accordance with the ABCP in order to maintain certification.
  • Positive service-oriented interpersonal and communication skills required.
  • Individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patient served on his/her assigned unit/department. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient status. Must be able to interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide the care needed as described in the area’s policies and procedures


This position requires a full range of body motion with intermittent walking, lifting, bending, climbing, squatting, kneeling, twisting, sitting and standing.

This position is classified at risk for possible occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens (HBV, HIV, etc.)