Autotransfusionist

Position: Autotransfusionist

Location: Orlando, FL

Description: 

An autotransfusionist, also known as a perioperative blood management technologist, is a specialized allied health professional who operates the cell saver machine during surgeries that expect significant blood loss.

The autotransfusionist is responsible for collecting shed blood from the patient during the operation, scrubs or cleans the blood of impurities, then makes it available to be reinfused into the patient. The process is commonly known as "cell-saver" and is considered far superior to the use of blood from a donor, because it reduces the possibility of infection and provides more functional cells back to the patient.

Autotransfusionists are expected to initiate and maintain written documentation specific to intra-operative and post-operative autotransfusion. The documentation is to include specific equipment used, supplies used, anticoagulants, wash solutions, volume of blood processed, quality controls, personnel involved, and patient data.

After surgery, the autotransfusionist will properly dispose of used circuits and related supplies, clean all autotransfusion equipment, and perform routine maintenance as a preventative measure.

Autotransfusionists are involved in many types of surgical procedures, including, but not limited to, the following:

Jehovah Witness with patient approval and expected large blood loss.

Patient with antibodies for whom cross-matched blood is unavailable

Pediatric spines

Craniotomy

Prostatectomy

Spinal fusion

Hip Revision

Kidney, pancreas, and small bowel transplant

Hip replacement

Knee replacement

Hysterectomy

Thoracic aortic aneurysm

Autotransfusionists must attend and complete an intraoperative autotransfusion specialist training program.

Job Type: Full-time

for more information please visit our website: https://www.perfusionassociatescfl.com

Requirements:

current PBMT certification

Contact: Kiley Thompson: email kileyt04@gmail.com

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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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