Perfusionist (Perf)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • 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.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • 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 cardiovascular surgery.


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Career Outlook