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Perfusionists set up and operate equipment that controls and regulates the functions of the heart and lungs during surgery or respiratory failure.

Work Activities/Environment
Perfusionists work in hospitals, in physicianís private practices, and in health maintenance organizations (HMOís). They consult with surgeons and physicians to assess a patientís needs. Perfusionists set up, monitor and maintain equipment during surgery which regulates the functions of the patientís heart, lungs, blood circulation, body temperature, and administers medications.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study health and the sciences. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Individuals must complete a bachelor of science degree in a medical background followed by a masterís degree in academic or clinical study.

Educational Institutions
Milwaukee School of Engineering

Average $58,000

Professional Organizations
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110
Littleton, CO, 80120-8031

Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals
PO Box 2007
Midlothian, VA, 23113

American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion
2903 Arlington Loop
Hattiesburg, MS, 39402

American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology
330 N Wabash Ave, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL, 60611

Cardiovascular Credentialing International and National Board of Cardiovascular Testing
1500 Sunday Dr., Suite 102
Raleigh, NC, 27607
919/861-4539 or 800/326-0268

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park St.
Clearwater, FL, 33756

The Society for Vascular Ultrasound
4601 Presidents Dr., Suite 260
Lanham, MD, 20706-4831
301/459-7550 or 800/788-8346

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