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.


Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) Articles

CPB FMEAs

FMEA #46 Failure to reinstitute CPB emergently

FMEA #47 Failure of integrated cardiotomy filter due to unexplained obstruction.

FMEA #48 Failure to prevent osmotic demyelination syndrome during CPB in patients with chronic severe hyponatremia 

Perfusion Safety and FMEA Powerpoint – download the file HERE

Click here for CPB FMEA Archives


ECMO FMEAs

ECMO FMEA: Trouble Shooting, Root Cause Analysis and the Failure Mode Effect Analysis Closed Circuit, Hollow Fiber Oxygenator, Centrifugal Pump, and Instrument Stack


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
James Reagor, CCP FPP
Ian R. Shearer, BS CCP
William (Scott) Snider, CCP LP
Zachariah Wilkes, MBA CCP
Barbara Braley Millin, CCP
John Englert, CCP

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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