Perfusion Safety

Response to COVID-19 From AmSECT Board of Directors & Safety Committee


On behalf of the AmSECT Board of Directors and Safety Committee, we extend our deepest concern, astute public health surveillance, and ongoing association support for our members, colleagues, and partners who are impacted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Monitoring and improving the quality of life for our patients, their families, and extracorporeal technology professionals is at the core of our mission at AmSECT.
AmSECT continues to monitor the developments of COVID-19 as we are committed to providing you with the tools, resources, and the most up-to-date information to care for your patients, their families, your community, and you, as the clinician. The AmSECT Safety Committee's highest priorities are mitigating risk, and the health and safety of our team members, patients, and communities. We want to share with our membership specialized equipment and protocols consistent with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
In a situation such as this one, the infectious disease and crisis control centers of your hospital should be your primary source of public health information and mandates. Please adhere to their guidance and mandated protocols to ensure that both your patients and staff maintain optimal health to contain the dissemination of this virus.
This is a rapidly evolving public health situation. Stay focused, alert, and informed in order to be an educated resource. Finally, protect yourself. You are very much valued, as your contributions positively impact the lives of so many patients.


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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.

For more information on this committee or to submit a question for the committee, please email AmSECT at 

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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Chicago, IL 60611

  Phone: (312) 321-5156
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