Perfusionist

Dartmouth Health

Relocation/ Sign on Bonus Available

Supplies the physiological support of the heart-lung machine to the open-heart patient on both a routine (e.g., scheduled cases) and emergency basis.

1. Assembles equipment and medications to a particular procedure. Sets-up, primes and de-bubbles functioning unit under aseptic conditions. Verifies operation of mechanical and ventilation systems, including safety devices.
2. Develops preoperative perfusion plan and calculates perfusion formulae based on patient’s medical history.
3. Establishes continuous arterial-venous system on the patient at the beginning of open-heart surgery. Continuously monitors physiological parameters and evaluates perfusion technique.
4. Sets-up, calibrates and monitors in-line monitoring devices. Evaluates data and adapts perfusion plan.
5. Alters perfusion plan during surgery to meet the needs of patient or surgeon, or mechanical failure.
6. Ensures termination of perfusion and support of vital signs when heart and lungs resume functioning following surgery. Documents perfusion activities in patient record. Charges for supplies and services used.
7. Disassembles heart-lung pump. Disposes of contaminated materials, cleaning up non-disposable parts.
8. Maintains instruments, medication and equipment supplies for caseload/emergencies.
9. Sets-up and operates blood conservation systems for open-heart patients.
10. Operates intra-aortic balloon pump for open-heart patients.
11. Provides ventricular assist technology to patient. If roller or centrifugal pumps are utilized, provides 24-hour coverage until assist effort is terminated.
12. Performs regular inspections and routine maintenance of perfusion equipment. Arranges for periodic professional service at appropriate intervals and emergency services.
13. Completes statistics for data-base, research and quality assurance purposes.
14. Performs other duties as required or assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2 years post-graduate school in Perfusion or the equivalent in education and experience required, 3+ years of experience preferred
  • Experience with membrane oxygenation, roller and centrifugal pumps, and intra-aortic balloon pumps preferred.
  • Keeps abreast of current developments in the field and of quality assurance and liability issues.
  • Currently registered with the New Hampshire Board of Registration for Medical Technicians.

 

Required Licensure/Certification Skills:

  • Certified or achieves certification within one year of hire by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.

 

Dartmouth Health is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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