Perfusion Assistant

Position: Perfusion Assistant

Location: Pittsburgh, PA


The Perfusion Assistant works under the direction of the physician and perfusionist providing assistance with perfusion services throughout the UPMC Health System. This individual will be required to travel between designated UPMC Hospitals to assist with various perfusion related activities. In addition, the individual may participate in a rotating on-call schedule.
• Provide autologous blood recovery and biologic therapy as required
• Maintain proficiency with the operation and maintenance of a variety of autologous blood equipment and procedures such as autologous cell salvage, production of concentrated platelet rich plasma
• Maintain appropriate inventory, equipment, and maintenance of equipment. Assist with the transport of equipment and evaluation of new equipment or process
• Maintain continuing education and clinical competencies related services provided
• Maintain optimal communication, close cooperation, and consultation with perfusionist and physician’s during delivery of services
• Maintain appropriate, timely, and accurate documentation including pre-procedure checklist and filing of all records
• Completion of quality assurance protocols as established by the perioperative blood management program
• Assist in the education, orientation, and training of new staff or interested personnel.
• Understands and implements specific regulatory requirements associated with services provided
• Required adherence to the UPMC Health System and affiliates Hospitals policy outlining the care, maintenance, culturing, documentation, and reporting related to the heater cooler units used by the perfusion department.
• Assist with preparation and completion of lab tests approved by the facility laboratory manager


• Associates Degree in Health Science and/or Certification from Technical School Program.
• Minimum of 2 years of related hospital perfusion services experience or related manufacturer experience and/or demonstrates equivalent proficiencies.
• General Computer skills using Word, Excel, and Access.
• Knowledge of blood recovery and biologic processing devices.
• Knowledge of sterile processing, cleaning, and disinfecting patient care equipment, and appropriate documentation of these tasks.

Contact: Bob Dyga, 412.352.0781.

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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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