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