Is Perfusion a “Dead Language” ?

Editor’s Note: I got this letter from a soon-to-be-enrolled perfusion student. He has legitimate concerns and asks for feedback from perfusionists currently in the field. Help him out ? Hello Frank, First and foremost I wanted to let you know that I have been a huge fan of your site since I discovered it about […]

Career Perfusionist: [6] The Heart-Lung Machine

Perf 101:  The Extracorporeal Circuit Diversion of blood from the operative site, via an extracorporeal circuit (ECC) is necessary to proceed with open heart surgery .  Vascular access leading to the right side of the heart (venous) and ejecting from the left side of the heart (arterial) is shunted from the patient to the heart […]

Career Perfusionist: [3] Programs & Certification

Certification bodies/associations American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion – American certification body. Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists – Australian and New Zealand Association of Perfusionists. Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion – The Australian and New Zealand Certification Body. American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion – An American-based association of perfusionists. […]

Career Perfusionist: [2] Training & Education

Training and Education of Perfusionists In the United States, a bachelor’s degree or junior-level prerequisites with concentrations in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology are required to be admitted to a perfusion program. As of 2012, there were 17 perfusion training programs in the United States. Training typically consists of two years of academic and clinical […]

Career Perfusionist: [1] What is a Perfusionist ?

The perfusionist, also known as a clinical perfusionist or a cardiovascular perfusionist, is a specialized healthcare professional who use the heart-lung machine during cardiac surgery and other surgeries that require cardiopulmonary bypass to manage the patient physiological status. The perfusionist is a highly trained member of the cardiothoracic surgical team which consists of cardiac surgeons, […]