- Perfusionists set up and operate equipment that controls and
regulates the functions of the heart, lungs, blood circulation, body
temperature during surgery or respiratory failure. They consult with
surgeons and physicians to assess a patient’s needs.
- The Perfusionist is responsible for other life support devices,
such as intra-aortic balloon pumps and ventricular assist devices;
veno-venous bypass for liver transplantation; isolated limb
chemotherapy; cardiopulmonary bypass supported cardiac catheterization
procedures; extracorporeal life support (ECLS); and blood salvaging for
orthopedic or general surgery procedures.
- Perfusionists work in hospitals, in physician’s private practices, and educational institutions as teachers or researchers.
- Graduates enjoy 100% employability.
- Perfusionists must thoroughly understand the body’s circulatory system and must be able to operate complex equipment.
- Must be able to meet the daily demands of the operating room,
adapt to new technologies and uses for the extracorporeal circuit, and
be part of a profession growing beyond its traditional role in