A Few Facts About Perfusion
The Cardiovascular Perfusionist operates extracorporeal circulation equipment during any medical procedure in which it is necessary to artificially support or temporarily replace a patient's circulatory or respiratory functions, such as in open heart surgery or other heart procedures. Perfusionists routinely administer various types of blood products, medications and control the temperature of patients during surgery.
Perfusionists, in conjunction with attending physicians, are responsible for the selection of the most appropriate equipment and extracorporeal techniques. They are trained in the administration of blood products and drugs.
Hospitals and large surgical centers are the primary employers of perfusionists.
With additional training and experience, some perfusionists become administrators, educators, researchers and developers for product manufacturers, or move into marketing and sales.