You can make a difference in people's lives every day. When you join UCLA Health, you'll be working at an institution that provides leading-edge care to the people of L.A. and throughout the world. We provide our team members with the environment and support to do amazing work, because each and every one of them plays a vital role in our commitment to care.
The Perfusionist is daily supervised and given routine work assignment and responsibilities by the Director. Routine patient care is under the direction of the Director and the Attending Cardiac Surgeon. Under the order of the Attending physician, the Perfusionist provides patient care in the form of support services of extracorporeal circulation and/or oxygenation, myocardial and/or organ protection and preservation, blood component and drug/fluid administration. This includes assembly and operation of the heart-lung machine and extracorporeal circuits, operation of heater, coolers and cardioplegia delivery system, also blood concentrators, coagulation monitors, and long -tern assist devices, etc. This may include operation of devices such as Heart lung machine, IABP, VAD and ECMO.
Independently operates pulsatile computer controllers and portable dialysis equipment utilized with heart-lung machines during cardiopulmonary bypass. Is able to adequately monitor the patient electrolytes during fluid balance/ removal and treat appropriately.
Able to independently initiate bypass for adult, pediatric and neonatal patient population.
Must be able to precept and teach new staff members and provide/update patient care protocols and department specific policies and procedures.
Initiate, operate and independently manage extracorporeal devices for routine and specialized cardiac procedures, other organ preservation procedures and protocols for transplant. This includes, but not limited to Thoratec pVAD and iVAD, Heartmate XVE, HMII, Abiomed, Jarvik, DeBakey, Biomedicus VAD and ECMO centrifugal and rollerpump systems.
Provide independent patient care and perfusion services during on-call response for routine and specialized emergency extracorporeal support as indicated.
Provide emergency circulation/oxygenation circuitry (DHCA/RCP) and team support during a cardiac or respiratory arrest.
Effectively communicate with the multidisciplinary team involved with direct patient care. This included, but not limited to the physicians, nurses, perfusionist, clinical engineering and lab staff.
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
Must have at least 2 years of adult and 6 months of pediatric experience
Knowledge, skills, and ability to operate all routine equipment, special devices, monitors.
Advanced knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry in the adult, pediatric and neonate populations
Knowledge of several cardiac diseases, defects and congenital anomalies. Knowledge of a variety of organ preservations.
Knowledge of sterile and perfusion supplies: extracorporeal oxygenators, tubing circuits, and cannulae for adult, pediatric and infants.
Knowledge of blood components, plasma composition of the human body and use of blood products in association of support by extracorporeal circuits and devices.
Ability to follow orders, take directions, and implement written perfusion protocols. Utilize formula and applied mathematics in associated application of perfusion protocols.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively during operation of extracorporeal support devices and providing patient care. Ability to write clearly and neatly while recording patient data and performing other clinical and other tasks.
Ability to organize and prioritize patient care needs while performing several tasks at once in a clinical setting.
Ability to learn and apply JCAHO, CDC, and AABB standards and protocols that apply to operating room procedures and departmental policies and protocols. Knowledge of sterile techniques in the delivery of patient care.
Ability and knowledge of medical and perfusion terminology to converse freely.
Ability to work and cooperate in a flexible manner in the delivery of patient care demonstrating a cohesive team approach.
Ability to work flexible hours. Ability to take call and report to work in a timely manner.
Ability to lift, move, push and pull heavy objects and equipment weighing from 60 to 350 lbs.
Ability to teach and demonstrate ideas of routine scientific application.
Ability to conduct oneself in a healthy and professional manner regarding sterile dress code etiquette and communicate in a professional manner.
Experience with a variety of Heart-Lung Machines, Centrifugal Pumps, IABP, Implantable Ventricular Assist Devices, Intraoperative Autotransfusion Devices, Blood Saturation Monitors, Hemodynamic Pressure Transducers, ECMO, Anticoagulation monitors.
Degree: Graduate of an accredited Perfusion program with a BA/BS
Certification: ABCP and BCLS