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Perfusionist - Perfusion Services

Company: The University of Texas Medical Branch
Location: Galveston
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description: Operates extracorporeal circulation equipment and autotransfusion equipment during any medical situation, including the circulation of blood during open-heart surgery, where it is necessary to support or temporarily replace a patients circulatory or respiratory functions. Assists the Perioperative Services area to achieve key performance indicators focused on perfusion services. Responsible for the selection of appropriate equipment and techniques to be used, and ensures the safe management of physiologic functions. Consults with physicians in the selection of appropriate equipment and resources required for extracorporeal support of patients circulatory or respiratory functions. The Perfusionist operates extracorporeal circulation equipment and autotransfusion equipment during any medical situation, including the circulation of blood during open-heart surgery, where it is necessary to support or temporarily replace a patients circulatory or respiratory functions. Assists the Perioperative Services area to achieve key performance indicators focused on perfusion services. Responsible for the selection of appropriate equipment and techniques to be used, and ensures the safe management of physiologic functions. Consults with physicians in the selection of appropriate equipment and resources required for extracorporeal support of patients circulatory or respiratory functions. Scope: Majority of time will be spent in the operating room. May also need to assist the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) team in all areas of the institution, as well as other UTMB campuses. Job Functions:

  • Management of Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB)
    • Standard:
      • Facilitate discussion with health care team which includes medical record review, decisions needed for prime selection, drug and blood additives, and techniques of cardiopulmonary bypass.
      • Demonstrate appropriate clinical vigilance and awareness before, during and after cardiopulmonary bypass
      • Utilize all available safety devices during cardiopulmonary bypass as per departmental policy
      • Recognize and resolve variances and abnormal situations that may arise
      • Appropriately communicate with open-heart team personnel during procedures
      • Use appropriate equipment/supplies and monitor data based on patient profile (age, condition, procedure).
      • Appropriately assess patient profile and manage CPB
      • Ancillary Perfusion Procedures
        • Standard:
          • Troubleshoot all technical devices
          • Recognize when situations are critical, notify appropriate personnel and assist as needed
          • Assess patient profile and manage ancillary procedures by using appropriate equipment and monitoring data.
          • Maintain competence in cardiac assist devices to include VADs, ECMO, IABP, PCPS, left heart bypass, VV bypass for liver transplant, hyperthermic isolated limb perfusion, and autotransfusion
          • Demonstrate competence and comprehensive knowledge of all ancillary procedures per departmental policy.
          • Information management
            • Standard:
              • Demonstrate knowledge of UTMB Perfusion Services policy and procedure via staff meeting, memos, communication book, bulletin boards email, etc. Appropriately communicate significant issues to leadership and charge staff.
              • Maintain patient confidentiality
              • Appropriate database information entry
              • Provides concise and accurate shift report
              • Communicate product failures, technical and patient incidents per departmental policy ' Complete and file necessary paperwork and labeling according to departmental policy.
              • Timely documentation according to departmental standards
              • Create and maintain accurate, complete and legible records.
              • Adheres to internal controls and reporting structure.
              • Participates in education and research within the perfusionist scope of practice.
              • Performs related duties as required.Minimum Qualifications: Completion of an accredited cardiovascular perfusion training program. Bachelors degree in perfusion technology, life science, or allied health specialty (e.g., Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Technology). Certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and licensure as a Perfusionist in the state of Texas. New grad's tenure contingent on passing the ABCP exam.Out-of-state candidate's tenure contingent on obtaining licensure as a Perfusionist in the state of Texas.Validated for Basic Life Support and successfully complete accreditation and other regulatory requirements within the probationary period Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:
                • Works with a team of four perfusionists, rotating on call schedule.
                • Functions independently in the operating room
                • Competent in maintaining and troubleshooting the cardiopulmonary machine and other related equipment including but not limited to Cell Salvage, IABP, and ECMO with minimal assistance.
                • Always maintain professional decorum The team will be assigned to all campuses on rotation and/or as needed to support cardiac cases. Equal Employment Opportunity: UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.Compensation

Keywords: The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston , Perfusionist - Perfusion Services, Other , Galveston, Texas

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