Perfusion Safety

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AmSECT Perfusion SafetySo what 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.


Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) Articles

FMEA #41 Checklist Failure 

FMEA #42 Spallation 

FMEA #43 Gross Blood to the Face

FMEA #44 Heater Cooler Hose Failure 

FMEA #45 Failure to Communicate

Perfusion Safety and FMEA Powerpoint – download the file HERE

Click HERE for 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
David C. Fitzgerald CCP
Gary Grist CCP RN
James Reagor CCP FPP
Ian R. Shearer BS CCP
William (Scott) Snider CCP LP

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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