System Chief Perfusionist

Position: System Chief Perfusionist

Location: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Description: A System Chief Perfusionist must have management skills and be able to maintain leadership abilities with interest and commitment to the system and UH Case Medical Center perfusion team members; demonstrate objective approach with goals set forth on quality and cost effectiveness for department budgeting; should strive for clarity in performance appraisals; develop standards due to evolving technology; set standards for patient care delivery, equipment and supplies,  and quality assurance and improvement regarding perfusion services across the enterprise (UHCMC, UH wholly owned facilities, UHJV and other contractural agreements for perfusion services).

System Chief Perfusionist is a skilled, allied health professional, trained and educated specifically as a member of an open-heart surgical team responsible for preparation and operation of the heart-lung equipment and others as directed the surgeon.  Perfusionist monitors and maintains many of the physiologic functions of the patient during extracoporeal circulation. Perfusionist works within established hospital guidelines with the surgeon and anesthesiologist to facilitate the needs of the surgical patient.  System Chief Perfusionist will operate in staffing 60% of time minimally.

Requirements: Bachelors degree.  Masters degree preferred. Preferred 7 plus years of experience.  Must be a Certified Perfusionist. Experience & Knowledge: Knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and perfusion equipment are necessary. Must have management skills and be able to maintain leadership abilities with interest and commitment to the perfusion team members.   Preferred leadership/management experience.  Special Skills & Equipment Knowledge: Applications of ECMO, long and short term Ventricular assist devices. Veno-veno bypass, and vacuum assisted venous drainage, circulatory support, autotransfusion, and laboratory values and interpretation.  The Perfusionist is knowledgeable concerning the variety of equipment available to perform extracorporeal circulation functions, monitoring and is responsible, in consultation with the surgeon for selecting the appropriate equipment and techniques to be used.


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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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