B.S. degree with science courses: biology, physiology, chemistry and physics. Completion of a Perfusion Education Program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and eligibility to complete certification with the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP). ABCP Certification with successful completion of Perfusion Basic Science and Clinical Applications in Perfusion exams. ABCP recertification must be renewed annually. New graduates must be certified within one exam cycle of eligibility. Licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Professional Licensure of Perfusionists
Performs duties to support cardiopulmonary bypass; maintains and demonstrates competency in the performance of all responsibilities. Regularly participates in the on call schedule. Appropriate choice and use of disposable and heart-lung machine equipment and safety devices for the performance of adult and pediatric CPB. Adjusts and monitors heart-lung machine settings according to clinical practice guidelines for CPB. Maintains a working knowledge of appropriate equipment and strategies utilized for complex cardiothoracic surgery. Disassembles extracorporeal circuits and mechanical components of the heart/lung machine and cleans all nondisposable items and disposes of contaminated materials. Participates in operation of intra-aortic balloon pump during cardiac procedures. Prepares and manages hyperthermic intraperiotoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC). Prepares and manages blood conservation systems. Prepares and manages paracorporeal ventricular assist devices for patients requiring temporary ventricular support.