Cleveland Clinic Pediatric-Perfusionist in Cleveland, Ohio

Job Summary:

Assembles, disassembles and operates the heart lung machine within the safe scope of established clinical practice. Provides total patient support during cardiopulmonary bypass. Lectures on perfusion techniques or topics, participates in teaching CCF perfusion students and participates in research/product evaluation activities.


  • Assembles, operates and disassembles the heart lung machine within the accepted safe scope of established clinical practice.

  • Sets up and operates ECMO's, Cell Savers, Rapid Infusion devices and all available perfusion devices which may involve the use of X-rays or fluoroscopy as a diagnostic aid in the procedure.

  • Manages the patient parameters within the accepted safe ranges of established clinical practice.

  • Supports organ transplants, laser procedures, new surgical procedures and perioperative LVAD support.

  • Performs patient charting. Prepares sterile packs.

  • Assists in research, animal testing , product evaluation and education of staff and students.

  • Maintains current knowledge in perfusion.

  • Shares on- call responsibilities and the routine staffing and operating room coverage.

  • Shares the daily tasks and operation of the department functions such as lab coverage, stocking of supplies and equipment maintenance.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree and completion of an accredited school of perfusion and eligible to take the certification examination of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and/or currently a CCP in good standing.


  • Certification as a Clinical Perfusionist (CCPERF) preferred.

Complexity of Work:

  • Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work unsupervised or with minimal supervision.

  • Must be able to work in a dynamic environment and take appropriate action.

Work Experience:

  • After selection and placement into this job, three months of on-the-job experience is required to become proficient with various perfusion techniques, unique equipment and with various operative procedures.

  • One year on-the-job training also required to become proficient with various perfusion techniques and protocols unique to CCF.

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires a full range of body motion including the ability to lift and/or bear the weight of 100 pounds or more while pulling, lifting, pushing and transferring patients.

  • Must be able to stand, walk or sit for extended periods.

  • Good visual acuity through normal or corrected vision.

  • Must be willing to rotate 24 hour coverage (on-call) and be able to work under stressful conditions.

  • Must have the ability to work within guidelines of universal safety precautions, using protective gear.

  • May be required to travel in ambulance, small airplanes or helicopter for organ procurement.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment (gloves, eye protection, lead gown) as required.

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