Cardiovascular Perfusion is one of the newest and most challenging professions in medicine today. The cardiovascular perfusionist is a highly skilled, allied health professional trained and educated specifically as a member of the open heart, surgical team responsible for the selection, set-up and operation of a mechanical pump commonly referred to as the heartlung machine. Although the perfusionist’s primary role remains in Cardiovascular Surgery, additional scope of practice includes blood conservation, longterm support for respiratory failure, isolated limb perfusion for the treatment of malignant tumors, transplantation for heart, liver, and lung, and artificial cardiac assist devices. While operating the heart and lung machine, additional responsibilities include hemostasis management, blood gas analysis and myocardial protection.
Cardiovascular Perfusionists have grown from an era of on the job trained technicians to recognized and well respected allied health professionals with extensive education in theory and practice. These professionals apply their cardiopulmonary knowledge with cutting-edge technology in a dynamic medical setting.
The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon successful completion of all program requirements, each graduate will be eligible to enter the perfusion certification process with the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP).
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