Pediatric Perfusionist

Position: Pediatric Perfusionist

Location: Advocate Childrens Hospital, Oak Lawn, IL

Description: Responsible for safe conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and all related techniques.

Responsible for assisting the primary perfusionist during CPB. Performs ancillary tasks or assists in all duties required of the primary perfusionist. Remains available during the procedure as a resource, back~up, and helper for the primary perfusionist. Assists during the procedure by running samples, obtaining or preparing drugs, charting, time tracking, monitoring of patient and equipment parameters or relieving the primary perfusionist as needed. Collects, enters, summarizes or analyzes data as directed.

Responsible for maintaining professional standards and self~development. Displays ethical behavior at all times. Complies with Advocate/ACMC policies and procedures, and regulatory agency standards. Adheres to institutional, local, regional, and national standards of clinical practice. Maintains patient confidentiality and respects patients' right to privacy. Maintains personal education level by reviewing professional literature, attending cath conferences, M and M, CE seminars, national meetings, Advocate classes, and utilizing resources such as the Internet or self~study programs. Maintains familiarity with operator's manuals, directions for use and standards of care for all equipment and supplies routinely used. Incorporates knowledge, skills and information to improve patient care.

Collaborates with other services to reduce patient and hospital costs. Identifies and implements cost reduction opportunities. Utilizes resources in a coordinated manner. Eliminates waste or redundant equipment and supplies. Maintains all certification, credentialing and proficiency required (ABCP, IDPR, CPR, blood gas analysis, ACT, etc.).

Promotes collaboration and close relationship with surgery personal, surgeons and cardiac intensivists. Responsible for initiation, circuit set-up and daily maintenance of ECMO. Engages in initial and ongoing education for ECMO specialist, fellows and Intensivists.


  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Graduate of an accredited perfusion school
  • Pediatric perfusion training
  • Roller pump
  • Electronic safety systems
  • Organized, logical thought process
  • Strong technical aptitude
  • Basic PC
  • Good communication
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Problem solving aptitude
  • Illinois DPR License Eligibility
  • American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion eligibility
  • Ability to cover on-call assignment 24-hours per day, seven days per week
  • Ability to monitor and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with established time constraints
  • Ability to cooperate
  • Ability to communicate with a surgical mask on
  • Ability to perform heavy lifting (50~100 lbs. occasionally, 25~50 lbs. frequently, 10~20 lbs. constantly)
  • May be exposed to hazardous materials and life-threatening diseases


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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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