What is it?
Perfusionists are a vital part of the cardiac surgical team. They are responsible for the respiratory and circulatory wellbeing of a patient during cardiac surgery - including autologous blood collection and processing. Specifically, perfusionists use artificial blood pumps to mimic heart and lung function in order to keep patients' blood circulating through their body tissue.
Who is it for?
Surgeons utilize perfusion services for patients who are having open heart surgery. ATS' Perfusionists are able to provide clinical or consulting services depending on the needs of the hospital.
How does it work?
During surgery the perfusionist operates the heart/lung machine which regulates the patients vital fluid, blood pressure, and gas exchange as well as monitoring and delivering anticoagulation and protective heart medications. In addition, perfusionists provide blood salvage survices which collects, filters and reinfuses the patients red blood cells.