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Single Dose or Intermittant Cardioplegia: Factors that Influence Our Choice

A video presentation from the 2018 Sanibel Symposium on the current cardioplegia controversy by Richard Hayes from Quest Medical (33:20 minutes).


How Do I Become a Perfusionist?

This article summarizes the length of training required to become a perfusionist in the United States and the types of perfusion education programs available.


Infection Prevention and Control

Tom Coley, RN, CCP Emeritus provides an update on infection prevention at the American Academy Conference (16:47 minutes).


The Future of Simulation and Training

Dr. Marc Dickstein provides an update on training and simulation at the American Academy Conference (23:30 minutes).

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Update on Scientific Research

Joseph Sistino, PhD, CCP provides an update on scientific research at the 2018 American Academy Conference (29:27 minutes).

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An Introduction to Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), also known as extracorporeal life support (ECLS), is an extracorporeal technique of providing prolonged cardiac and respiratory support to persons whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange or perfusion to sustain life.

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Clinical Practice Guidelines– Anticoagulation During Cardiopulmonary Bypass

It is hoped that this guideline will serve as a resource and will stimulate investigators to conduct more research and expand upon the evidence base on the topic of anticoagulation for CPB.

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Results of the 2015 Perfusionist Salary Study


Guidelines For Perfusion Practice

The document is intended to serve as a useful guide for teams developing institution-specific protocols to improve the reliability, safety and effectiveness of extracorporeal support services.

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Standards and Guidelines for Perfusion Practice

The goal of this project was to provide Perfusionists with a framework to guide safe and effective extracorporeal support care to their patients. AmSECT recommends that clinical teams use this document as a guide for developing institution-specific protocols for patients receiving extracorporeal support.

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What is Cardiopulmonary Bypass?

Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is a technique that temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery, maintaining the circulation of blood and the oxygen content of the body.

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Scope of Perfusion Practice

AmSECT’s Task Force on the Expansion of Perfusion Scope of Practice Purpose The purpose of this document is to define the Scope of Practice for Clinical Perfusionist Professionals and to specify their role as members of the health care team, acting in the best interest of the patient. The scope of practice is a “living”…

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Interview Advice for Perfusion Students (Editorial)

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Instructions for Authors, with over 10,000 members world-wide, is one of the most progressive and far reaching perfusion organization in the world.  We are currently seeking new authors and publications for the many sections of our online journal.  We hope that you will consider submitting your new manuscript to us.

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What is Autologous Platelet Gel?

Autologous platelet gel (APG) was developed in the early 1990’s as a byproduct of multicomponent pheresis.

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List of Clinical Applications For Platelet Gel

This list may change frequently without notice.  We recommend consulting with a surgeon before preparing or using autlogous platelet gel for any of the applications listed below. Plastic Surgery: Face, Neck and Brow Lifts Endoscopic Brow Blephroplasty Facial Laser Procedures Breast Reconstruction, Reduction, Mammoplasty, and Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous (TRAM) Flap Abdominoplasty Cranio-Facial Reconstruction Non-Healing…


Prebypass Checklist

This is a sample pre-bypass perfusion checklist provided by AmSECT.

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Perfusionist Code of Ethics

The purpose of a code of ethics is to acknowledge a profession’s acceptance of the responsibility and trust conferred upon it by society and to recognize the internal obligations inherent in that trust. The following paragraphs delineate the standards governing the conduct of members in their professional interactions with patients, colleagues, other health professionals and the general public.

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What is a Cardiovascular Perfusionist?

A perfusionist is a skilled, allied health professional, trained and educated specifically as a member of an open-heart, surgical team responsible for the selection, setup, and operation of a mechanical device commonly referred to as the heart-lung machine. During many types of open heart surgery, the patient’s heart is stopped so that it is easier…

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The Basic Biology of Platelet Growth Factors

Since 1990, medical science has recognized several components in blood which are part of the natural healing process and if added to wounded tissues or surgical sites as a concentrate have the potential to accelerate healing