Perfusion Safety & COVID-19

AmSECT continues to monitor the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on our community. We are committed to providing you with the tools, resources, and most up-to-date information to care for your patients, their families, your community, and you. To that end, AmSECT is participating in the Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force which includes representatives from the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion, Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists, Comprehensive Care Services, the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, Perfusion.com, and SpecialtyCare. This joint effort is monitoring the recent coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the perfusionists. Combining the strengths of all organizations, the goal is to disseminate information and resolve questions related to perfusionists and COVID-19. 

https://www.jointperfusiontaskforce.org


[+] Perfusion Safety Navigation

AmSECT Perfusion SafetyWhat is Perfusion Safety? A good definition is the avoidance of unnecessary incidents that result in adverse patient outcomes. These incidents can be categorized into four groups:

  1. Malfunctioning or defective equipment and supplies
  2. Communication failure between healthcare professionals
  3. Human error or incorrect execution of procedures
  4. Failure to anticipate adverse events

With patients’ lives in the balance, it is critical for Perfusionists to make safety a top priority while implementing best practices to mitigate risks and improve safety procedures. Gary Grist, RN CCP, a contributing AmSECT Safety Committee member, has crafted the following resources for download as a start to the Perfusion Safety section of the AmSECT website.


I PASS THE CLAMP OFF

The Safety Committee has developed a communication tool to standardize safe handoffs between perfusionists.  The communication tool is called I PASS THE CLAMP OFF.  Please see below for a brief clip, describing the tool and how it is used in everyday practice. To download a PDF copy of the tool, click here.


Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) Articles

ECMO FMEAs

Click here for ECMO FMEA Narrative Archives

CPB FMEAs 

Perfusion Safety and FMEA Powerpoint – download the file HERE

Click here for CPB FMEA Archives


Patient Handoff Tool for Perfusionists

If you have a suggestion for a failure mode that you would like to see formalized in the FMEA or have questions about the FMEA or Perfusion Safety Program, please contact Gary Grist by clicking here.


AmSECT Safety Committee Members

Susan Englert, RN CCP CPBMT
David C. Fitzgerald, CCP
Gary Grist, CCP RN
Shahna Helmick, CCP
Ian R. Shearer, BS CCP
William (Scott) Snider, CCP LP
Zachariah Wilkes, MBA CCP
Barbara Braley Millin, CCP, Committee Chair
John Englert, CCP

For more information on this committee or to submit a question for the committee, please email AmSECT at amsect@amsect.org 

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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Looking for Employment Opportunities?

AmSECT members may post an available position for a perfusion specialty at your institution or firm.

Non-members may also post positions free of charge, to be reviewed by National Headquarters prior to posting.

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