Clinical Perfusionist

Position: Clinical Perfusionist

Location: The Christ Hospital, 2139 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219


Job Overview: The Clinical Perfusionist is responsible for the set-up and operation of extra-corporeal circulation equipment during certain medical situations where it is necessary to support or temporarily replace the patient’s circulatory and/or respiratory function.

The Perfusionist may perform the following duties:
•Responsible for all aspects of the circuit preparation by using sterile technique during set-up.
•Will work with the Heart-Lung Machine and be familiar with all safety devices and patient monitoring devices.
•Understands all aspects of the Operating Room and pump Medical Gas system, pump Electrical systems, and use of the Cooler/Heater machines.
•Reviews patient charts and gathers all relevant information.
•Works with the surgeon and/or Anesthesia to make plans and decisions.
•Is always present during “Time-Out” procedure.
•Provides safe transition to and from CPB.
•Promptly responds to patient situational variances.
•Provides safe and effective ancillary tasks regarding the following: ◦Intra-operative Autologous Blood Salvage (IABS)
◦Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumping (IABP)
◦Left-Heart Bypass or Veno-Veno Bypass
◦Temporary Pacemaker
◦Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)
•Provides periodic On-Call service
•Maintains adequate perfusion supplies.
•Provides reliable Point of Care Testing.
•Provides continuous evaluations of devices and processes.
•All other duties as assigned.


Education: BS or BA preferred. Graduate of CAAHEP/AC-PE accredited Perfusion School.

Experience: 1-3 years experience preferred. Will consider new grads.

Required Skills and Knowledge:
•Must be knowledgeable is all aspects of Perfusion Technology including heart-lung machines, circuit function/design, special techniques, balloon pumping, ventricular assistance, blood salvage, platelet processes,
•Have specific college-level coursework/training in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pharmacology, physics, ethics, computer applications, and research methodology.

•Minimum is “Certification-Eligible” by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP).
•Must achieve ABCP certification (CCP) within three years of employment. Failure to achieve ABCP certification (CCP) within the three year frame will result in dismissal from the Perfusion Department.
•Must maintain the CCP credential on an annual basis.


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AmSECT Membership Eligibility

An Active Member shall be any perfusionist active in the practice of extracorporeal circulation technology. There are also opportunities to become a Transitional Active Member for those less than a year removed from graduation from an approved accredited training program. Other options include; an Associate Membership, International Membership, Perioperative Blood Management Clinician Membership, and Student Membership.

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