Perfusionist

Position: Perfusionist

Location: Sioux City, IA

Description: 

Under limited supervision, this perfusionist performs diagnostic and therapeutic tasks to allow the physician to extend his/her services. This position lends assistance and educational ability to teaching and promoting the understanding of the cardiovascular surgical process and related or ancillary adjuncts as well as demonstrates the ability to administer, monitor, and insure safety of various drugs, results, etc.
Performs extracorporeal procedures safely and according to physician’s orders and perfusion protocol.
Maintains knowledge and proficiency with the operation and function of all perfusion equipment (cardio-pulmonary bypass (CPB), counter pulsation devices (IABP), autologous blood salvage device, ventricular assist device (VAD), cardiopulmonary support (CPS), autologous platelet separator system
Participates and assists with the patient and physician needs in the pre, peri, or post-operative care of patients. Recognizes possible complication factors and properly reports and oversees the needs of the patient.
Is responsible for the review and pre-operative needs of the patient and the modification of the perfusion equipment to fit these needs.
Is responsible for the notification and update to the primary physician regarding any deviation of perfusion protocols.
Ensures that all equipment is maintained in satisfactory working condition at all times and is ready for immediate use. Identifies and troubleshoots perfusion or equipment related problems, documents and takes appropriate corrective action.
Maintains an appropriate gas exchange, blood flow, blood pressure and anticoagulation level during extrcorporeal circulation according to established protocol.
Employs appropriate safety and monitoring devices during extracorpeal circulation.
Is available for angioplasty, stent, atherectomy, and/or endovascular aortic aneurysm procedures when requested by the cardiologist.
Responds immediately (within 30 minutes) to any emergency CPB, IABP, CPS, VAD, Autotransfusion, or Catherization Lab Standby request.
Reviews and critiques the perfusion records for accuracy and completion at the termination of the procedure.
Collects and records surgical data for established databases, such as Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Perfusion Department database.
Performs complete cleaning, restocking and appropriate corrective maintenance after each procedure.
Recognizes and communicates issues/occurrences utilizing established lines of authority, and assists in identifying ways to resolve variances or unacceptable outcomes.
Provides continuing education to various departments as requested with particular emphasis to educational endeavors involving new procedures. Pursues a continuing education program of formal and informal education in the field of clinical relevance.
Participates and promotes the team concept of approach in the provision of care.
Actively participates in intradepartmental meetings, committees and in services.
Maintains confidentiality of information pertaining to clients, physicians, employees, and Mercy business.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Requirements:

Must be a graduate from an accredited School of Cardiovascular Perfusion and must be board certified or board eligible by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP).
Is knowledgeable of a variety of different types of equipment and functions in the realm of clinical acuity to diagnostic performance of various laboratory tests.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (ACLS)
Is able to communicate effectively with all members of the health care team.
Maintains a high level of professionalism, which positively promotes the image of Mercy Medical Center.
Must have a general working knowledge of computers and willingness to learn department specific softwares.
Must be comfortable operating in a collaborative, shared leadership environment.
Must possess a personal presence that is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity, and care with the ability to inspire and motivate.
Must understand and accept the possibility of exposure to environmental elements, internal and external, which may affect the work place, such as infectious disease, chemical and/or chemical fumes, dust, noise, physical injury from an out of control patient, and adverse effects of inclement weather which may occur.

Contact: Chad Brady, Chief Perfusionist:  bradyc@mercyhealth.com

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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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