Perfusion Safety

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AmSECT Perfusion SafetyWhat is Perfusion Safety? A good definition is the avoidance of unnecessary incidents that result in adverse patient outcomes. These incidents can be categorized into four groups:

  1. Malfunctioning or defective equipment and supplies
  2. Communication failure between healthcare professionals
  3. Human error or incorrect execution of procedures
  4. Failure to anticipate adverse events

With patients’ lives in the balance, it is critical for Perfusionists to make safety a top priority while implementing best practices to mitigate risks and improve safety procedures. Gary Grist, RN CCP, a contributing AmSECT Safety Committee member, has crafted the following resources for download as a start to the Perfusion Safety section of the AmSECT website.


The Safety Committee has developed a communication tool to standardize safe handoffs between perfusionists.  The communication tool is called I PASS THE CLAMP OFF.  Please see below for a brief clip, describing the tool and how it is used in everyday practice. To download a PDF copy of the tool, click here.

Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) Articles


Click here for ECMO FMEA Narrative Archives


Perfusion Safety and FMEA Powerpoint – download the file HERE

Click here for CPB FMEA Archives

Patient Handoff Tool for Perfusionists

If you have a suggestion for a failure mode that you would like to see formalized in the FMEA or have questions about the FMEA or Perfusion Safety Program, please contact Gary Grist by clicking here.

AmSECT Safety Committee Members

Susan Englert, RN CCP CPBMT- Committee Chair
David C. Fitzgerald, CCP
Gary Grist, CCP RN
Shahna Helmick, CCP
Ian R. Shearer, BS CCP
William (Scott) Snider, CCP LP
Zachariah Wilkes, MBA CCP
Barbara Braley Millin, CCP
John Englert, CCP

Safety Committee Calendar
Click here to view the Safety Committee Calendar for upcoming call and event information. 

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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Looking for Employment Opportunities?

AmSECT members may post an available position for a perfusion specialty at your institution or firm.

Non-members may also post positions free of charge, to be reviewed by National Headquarters prior to posting.

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