Job Summary :
The Senior Perfusionist is a Board Certified and Licensed Practitioner who makes independent judgments concerning all aspects of extra-corporeal and perfusion care.
S / he independently selects, sets-up, operates and manages the heart-lung machine, intra-aortic balloon pump, autologous blood salvage system, ECMO system, Ventricular Assist Device (VAD), and related life support equipment.
The Senior Perfusionist participates in intra-operative implantation of and monitoring of ventricular assist devices. S / he actively contributes to the development and application of new life support techniques.
S / he teaches and supervises other Sidra clinicians. S / he provides on-call services on a regular and equitable basis and performs emergent life support in the OR, at the bedside or other clinical area.
S / he actively contributes to the development and revising of departmental policies, procedures and guidelines. S / he exemplifies the Sidra mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Sidra policies and procedures at all times.
The Senior Perfusionist is also responsible for providing guidance to less experienced collegues.
Key Role Accountabilities :
Assists in supervising activities of junior staff and jointly assumes responsibility for patient care
Undertakes considerable independent judgment with direct impact on the patient’s health, well-being and satisfaction within authority and own job scope
Makes adjustments in procedures and processes and recommends improvements to Leadership
Functions independently to follow Departmental Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.
Communicates with appropriate personnel regarding work activities.
Reviews and evaluates patient charts prior to procedures in which they are involved.
Independently selects, prepares and assembles the heart-lung machine for open-heart surgery including but not limited to, priming the system with appropriate fluid, medications, and blood products following departmental protocols.
Independently controls, manages and manipulates blood flow rates and gas exchange during cardiopulmonary bypass, according to the procedure being performed.
Safely initiates and terminates cardiopulmonary bypass independently, exercising his / her own judgement in the management of the patient.
Uses either electronic perfusion data collection or a paper chart to correctly, accurately, timely and appropriately record all patient and non-patient related data following departmental guidelines to serve as the official legal record of perfusion for the patient.
Independently provides and administers cardioplegia delivery by preparing the proper solutions, priming the system, and ensuring the mixture is delivered at the correct temperature, pressure, ratio and volume.
Independently performs ultrafiltration and dialysis for removal of excess plasma water and electrolyte balance, and decides when in the procedure to perform these therapies.
Independently selects, manages and operates other extracorporeal and life support systems, including but not limited to adult, pediatric, and infant ECMO;
portable CPB; veno-venous bypass; emergent cardiopulmonary resuscitation equipment, CO2 removal devices and ventricular assist devices.
Independently selects sets-up, calibrates, manages and operates monitoring and diagnostic equipment used during surgery and the postoperative period.
Independently requests, analyzes and interprets lab results, and decides upon course of action and treatment.
Independently decides when to use, and selects and operates analytical patient monitoring equipment for continuous analysis of arterial and venous oxygen and hemoglobin content, and decides upon treatment based upon those findings.
Independently assembles and operates intra-aortic balloon assist devices.
Independently adjusts the intra-aortic balloon assists interval to achieve maximum assist for the patient; consults with and advises physicians and other clinical staff on optimization of balloon pump therapy.
Participates in implantation, monitoring, rounding on and troubleshooting ventricular assist devices.
Keeps appropriate records of techniques and procedures performed and generate the appropriate charges.
Maintains adequate inventories of departmental supplies and notifies his / her manager, when any device does not operate within specifications.
Maintains cleanliness and sterility of equipment and supplies.
Independently assembles, manages and operates autologous blood processing devices for use during open-heart surgery or any operative procedure requiring the use of this technology.
Independently selects and operates equipment for procuring autologous growth factor, platelet-rich-plasma, and related services.
Provides on-call coverage for emergency or after-hours cases, equipment set-up, transport, troubleshooting, consultation or any other situation requiring the services of a Perfusionist.
The on call Perfusionist must be available at all times s / he is scheduled to be on call and reports to the hospital with in the time frame listed in the departmental guideline.
Failure to report to the hospital and when on call can result in disciplinary proceedings and possible termination.
Reviews results of relevant investigations, develops and modifies treatment as required, provides guidance to less experienced colleagues
Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies
Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values
In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.
Essential Requirements :
Bachelor’s Degree in Cardiovascular Perfusion or related subject
PGDip, PGCert or Master of Science Degree, Doctoral Degree in Cardiovascular Perfusion or related subject
6+ years post certification / license experience in pediatric and / or adult / pediatric perfusion
Certification and Licensure
Certified and / or registered and / or credentialed and / or licensed by a board of Cardiovascular Perfusion in North America (ABCP or CSCP), UK / Republic of Ireland (SCPS-GB&I), EU States (EBCP), South Africa, Australia or New Zealand (ABCP & ANZCP).
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
Pediatric Life Support (PALS) and / or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification.
Membership in a national or international perfusion society or association
Fellow rank within a national or international perfusion society or association.
AmSECT FPP designation
Job Specific Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge
Demonstrated ability to plan, execute and deliver required results based on assessed needs
Demonstrated effective leadership and organizational abilities
Excellent communication skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
Fluency in written and spoken English
Arabic language ability