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Cardiovascular Perfusionist (Perfusion) - UI Heart and Vascular Center

Company: University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: June 10, 2019

Job Description:


Position Summary:

To provide quality clinical perfusion services for adult and pediatric patients during cardiothoracic surgeries, VADs, heart/lung transplants, liver transplants, and mechanical support services. Additionally, the incumbent will provide regional perfusion for cancer chemotherapy, and administer emergency cardiac and other perfusion procedures including ECMO.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Operate heart-lung machine during open-heart procedures in the operating room.
  • Participate in direct patient care during cardiac surgery by providing total or partial body perfusion, with desired temperature control and maintenance of normal physiological function.
  • Set-up and prepare the heart-lung machine for use in surgery.
  • Provide daily maintenance of the heart-lung machines and other equipment following surgery.
  • Participate in discussions regarding the clinical services provided in the area of assignment.
  • Provide clinical instruction and subsequent evaluation of perfusion students in the University of Iowa Perfusion Technology Program.
  • Design new, and modify existing procedures and equipment for use in cardiovascular surgery.
  • Conduct training and/or orientation of staff.
  • Prepare heparin and protamine dosages for the patient under the direction of the surgeon, including running the activated clotting times; run ACTs with POC testing with blood gasses.
  • Perform point of care blood gas monitoring.
  • Perform regional perfusion techniques for cancer chemotherapy.
  • Participate in research laboratory procedures involving extracorporeal circulation techniques.
  • Monitor cardiac output measurements during the post-operative period.
  • Operate Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump and monitor patient vital signs.
  • Participate in research and development of cardiac assist devices.
  • Operate autologous transfusion system (cell savers) for cardiac and other procedures that require autotransfusion services.
  • Support liver transplants with rapid infusion device and veno-veno bypass if necessary.
  • Instruct cardiovascular residents, fellows and other medical staff in the function and theory involved in the techniques and equipment used during cardiopulmonary by-pass to support the patient undergoing open-heart surgery.
  • Write and publish pertinent clinical and research data involving cardiovascular and extracorporeal devices and techniques.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students and the public .
  • Maintain responsibility for quality patient care and demonstrate a willingness to support change for the improvement of patient care and laboratory operation.
  • Assume responsibility for ongoing self-learning and maintenance of clinical skills.
  • Utilize equipment including (but not limited to): roller pumps, centrifugal pumps, Tandem Heart, Centrimag, Rotaflow, Impella, Heartmate, and Heartware.
  • Prime LVADs (Heartware/Heartmate).
  • Follow general policies and procedures in accordance with regulations of the UI Health Care, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the UI Heart and Vascular Center.
  • Demonstrate acceptance of responsibility; pride in work performed; and flexibility in acceptance of assignments.
  • Consistently maintain professional behavior and appearance.
  • Ability to meet on-call requirements (nights, weekends and holidays) within 30 minutes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
    Please submit a complete application (upload resume, cover letter & 3 professional references preferred) as part of the application process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

    For questions or additional information please contact the UI Heart and Vascular Center Human Resources Team at: uiheartandvascularhr@uiowa.edu

    Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background and credential check.

    Education Requirement:
    • A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline or an equivalent combination of experience and education is required.
    • Completion and graduation from CAAHEP accredited school of cardiovascular perfusion required.
      Experience Requirement:
      • Demonstrated knowledge of, and problem-solving skills associated with job duties/responsibilities.
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills required.
      • Ability to respond to on-call requirements within 30 minutes.
        Certification/Licensure Requirement:
        • Certified or certification-eligible by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Certification must be achieved within 12 months of start date.
        • C urrent Basic Life Support (BLS) required by start date.
          Desired Qualifications:

          • Experience with transplant and VAD desired.
          • Experience with pediatric perfusion desired.
          • Previous experience in an academic medical setting desired.
          • Some knowledge of University policies and procedures desired.


Keywords: University of Iowa, Iowa City , Cardiovascular Perfusionist (Perfusion) - UI Heart and Vascular Center, Other , Iowa City, Iowa

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