Clinical Perfusionist

Position: Clinical Perfusionist

Location: Cincinnati, OH


At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, we are committed to improving the quality of life for every child and bringing the world the joy of healthier kids. We are one of the most respected names in children’s health care. U.S. News & World Report ranked Cincinnati Children’s No. 4 in the nation in the magazine’s 2021-2022 list of the best children’s hospitals.

With current staff expansion The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is seeking a Clinical Perfusionist to operate, maintain, and utilize circulation technology applications including but not limited to: cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB); left heart bypass; ventricular assist device (VAD); HIPEC; extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO); veno-venous by pass for liver transplantation; myocardial preservation; autologous blood recovery/blood conservation; anticoagulation and hematologic monitoring/analysis; physiologic monitoring/analysis; blood gas and chemistry monitoring/analysis; induction of hypothermia with reversal; hemodilution; hemofiltraiton; administration of mediations, blood components and anesthetic agents via the extracorporeal circuit; surgical assisting.

Key Responsibilities:
Clinical Perfusion
 Designs and assembles extracorporeal circuits and equipment and maintains patient parameters within guidelines and as ordered by physician for cardiopulmonary bypass, left heart bypass, ventricular assist, extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation, veno-venous bypass for liver transplantation, HIPEC, and autologous blood recovery equipment. Administers medications, anesthetic agents, and blood products under the orders and supervision of a physician. Performs chemistry, blood gas, co-oximetry, and activated clotting time tests in the operating room for patients undergoing surgery.

 Operates, maintains, calibrates, and performs quality control testing on all of the operating room point of care laboratory equipment. Maintain and monitor cryogenic storage unit for human tissue grafts.

Department Coverage
 Functions in capacity as “Assisting Perfusionist” to primary Perfusionist; duties to include obtaining additional disposable supplies or medicines, charting, performing laboratory tests, troubleshooting equipment failures or malfunctions, relieving primary Perfusionist during lengthy procedures. Provides perfusion call coverage for Cardiothoracic Surgery and Liver Transplantation programs. Provides perfusion support in cardiothoracic surgery research laboratory; participates in various aspects of lab research including protocol generation, CPB, instrument calibration, performing blood gas tests, and tissue sample collection.

Record Keeping and Compliance
 Responsible for accurate and timely perfusion case data entry into perfusion database. Maintains accurate documentation of perfusion cases and departmental functions for efficient department operation.


 Bachelor’s degree required in an allied health field or equivalent with a strong science background, and advanced training in circulation technology form a CAHEP accredited perfusion training program.
 Must be certified or eligible to sit for the certification exam and actively pursuing certification, by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Must attain certification within the first 18 months of employment. ABCP certification must be maintained during the term of employment.


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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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