1) Sets up and operates heart-lung machine in hospital to take over functions of patient's heart and lungs during surgery or respiratory failure: Reviews patient medical history and chart, and consults with surgeon or physician to obtain patient information needed to set up heart-lung machine and associated equipment.
2) Selects, assembles, sets up, and tests heart-lung machine to ensure that machine and associated equipment function according to specifications.
3) Operates heart-lung machine to regulate blood circulation and composition, to administer drugs and anesthetic agents, and to control body temperature during surgery or respiratory failure of patient.
4) Monitors and observes operation of heart-lung machine and patient's physiologic variables such as blood temperature, blood composition, and flow rate, and adjusts equipment to maintain normal body functions.
5) Cleans and adjusts parts of heart-lung machine.
6)It is the perfusionist’s responsibility to manage the metabolic and physiological demands of the patient during the procedure. The perfusionist is also responsible for delivering the drug that stops the heart.
In order to successfully perform his or her duties, the perfusionist must have a complete understanding of both the circulatory and respiratory systems, as well as be able to operate highly sensitive and complex medical equipment.
They need a ton of skills, some of those are the following:
Must give full attention to what surgeons and other people on your team say to you since you work in a highly critical environment.
Must be able to effectively convey info to those on your team to have positive outcomes.
Must use logic and reasoning to determine the best solutions and approaches to certain problems.
Must be able to monitor your patients and determine their status and make corrective action if necessary.
Make sure all the machinery you manage is working properly.
Judgment and Decision Making
Must be able to make decisions and have autonomy in the choices you make. Use logic and skill to judge the best course of action for your patient.
Complex Problem Solving
Must be able to solve complex problems to enable positive outcomes and implement solutions.