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Perfusionist Job In Shreveport, Louisiana


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Company: UNIVERSITY HEALTH - SHREVEPORT Profession/Specialty: Perfusionist Location: Shreveport, Louisiana 71103 Type of Facility: Hospital Job Type:Employee
Job Description

The Perfusionist is a vital member of the cardiovascular operating team, as well as a participant in the academic program as an investigator in research and instructor. The Perfusionist will teach nurses, medical students and house staff about cardiovascular physiology and clinical perfusion.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • 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.  Selects, assembles, and tests heart-lung machine to ensure that machine and associated equipment function according to specifications. Operates heart-lung machine to take over the function of the patient's heart and lungs during surgery under the direction of the surgeon. Maintains volume of blood in system and makes any adjustments needed to achieve conditions ordered by Surgeon such as changes in blood and patient temperature, physiologic variables in blood composition, flow rate, and adjusts equipment to maintain normal body functions. Constantly observes machine for malfunction such as broken lines, insufficient power, or pump failure and rapidly makes repairs or manually operates pump. 

  • Disposes of throwaway items. Requests maintenance from manufacture or biomedical department for major repairs and all repairs to electrical components.  Disassembles pump and mechanical components of heart-lung machine; cleans and adjusts parts appropriately.

  • May administer drugs, blood components, and anesthetic agents into the blood circulation. Draws blood specimens from the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuit for hematologic and electrolyte analysis, blood gas analysis, and coagulation studies. Operates various monitors which provide information about the patient and CPB status and interprets this information accurately. Maintains a legible and accurate documentation of perfusion procedures, drugs given, and other events relevant to that procedure.

  • Assembles and operates the intraoperative autologous blood recovery system (cell-saver) during heart surgery.

  • "Stand-by" and "on-call" functions: being immediately available--usually in the hospital, for angioplasty or arthrectomy procedures in the cardiac cath lab and those procedures in the operating roan which may require the heart-lung machine on short notice (e.g., pericardiectomy, AICD implantation). 

  • Assemble and initiate intra-aortic balloon pump ventricular assist device (IABP) in the operating roan, MICU, SICU, or cath lab upon direction of a physician. Remain on call for troubleshooting malfunction incidents. May train new operators of the IABP.

  • Assemble and operate a cell-saver during vascular procedures, trauma procedures, and orthopedic procedures in the operating room under the direction of the ~surgeon in charge. May train new operators of the cell-saver machine.

  • Assemble and operate any long-term circulatory/respiratory support device directed by surgeon or medical intensivist, including but not limited to: extracorporea1 membrane oxygenation; right, left, or biventricular assist device; Thoratec device; and left-atrial to left femoral bypass. Shall maintain any additional equipment (heater-cooler, monitors, etc.) which provide information relevant to all perfusion-assisted procedures.

  • Assemble and operate circulatory system for isolated limb perfusion upon direction of oncology surgeon for administration of chemotherapeutic drugs.

  • May plan and make modifications in circulatory systems to achieve functional capability desired by surgeon by applying knowledge of system operation and consequences. Maybe trained to operate other equipment in surgery.

  • Evaluates new disposable and nondisposable perfusion products when requested by surgeons or vendors.

  • Responsible for clinical teaching of perfusion-related material to nursing staff, surgical and 'anesthesia residents in the operating room environment.

  • Perform perfusion-related duties on animal subjects in the laboratory for investigative research and teaching purposes.

  • Assemble and operate percutaneous CPB circuit for high-risk angioplasty procedures in the cardiac cath lab.

  • Transportation of any patient on a circulatory assist device via stretcher, ambulance, or airplane. Transportation of donor organs via the above.


  • B.S. Degree in Perfusion technology, Nursing, or Cardiopulmonary Science.
  • Board-Certified or board certification-eligible by the American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technologist. 
  • OR Board board-certified or board certification-eligible by the American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technologist. Required to perform a minimum of 40 clinical activities annually.
  • Desired:  Two years of experience in cardiovascular perfusion technology.

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