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Job Description

Job Title: Perfusion Assistant - Mercy Hospital (Buffalo, NY)
Job ID: 737240983
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Community Provider Svcs
Department: BIO- Administration
Location: 565 Abbott Road, Buffalo NY 14220


Procirca is actively recruiting a Perfusion Assistant to join the Mercy Hospital perfusion team composed of the Director of Perfusion and four staff perfusionists. The perfusion assistant performs under the supervision of a licensed physician and perfusionists, and according to prescribed procedures, those functions necessary for the support and treatment of the cardiopulmonary system of a patient.  A perfusion assistant supports the perfusionist's responsibilities in the selection, preparation, operation, and maintenance of the heart/lung machine and accessory equipment. The work area is primarily the operating room, but the possibility exists for working throughout the hospital system. In addition, the individual may be required to participate in the call schedule with the five perfusionists.

Catholic Health System – Mercy Hospital is the regional leader in cardiac surgery and valve repair. Their team of experienced cardiac and vascular surgeons are focused on providing compassionate and personalized care in a cooperative and cohesive manner. Current case volumes include 550-600 cardiac, 30 ECMO, and other blood management related procedures. ECMO coverage is provided using a hybrid model of nurses and perfusionists.

Employment is with UPMC Procirca, a perfusion services provider that is internationally recognized for clinical expertise, simulation, and perfusion education. Come join our team of over 80 perfusionists, blood management specialists, perfusion assistants, clinical engineers, and physician experts.

The position offers compensation that meets current market rates.



  • Maintain optimal communication, close cooperation, and consultation with perfusionist and physicians during delivery of services.
  • Maintain continuing education and clinical competencies related services provided.
  • Assist with preparation and completion of lab tests approved by the facility laboratory manager.
  • Provide autologous blood recovery and biologic therapy as required
  • Maintain appropriate inventory, equipment, and maintenance of equipment. Assist with the transport of equipment and evaluation of new equipment or process.
  • Understands and implements specific regulatory requirements associated with services provided.
  • Completion of quality assurance protocols as established by the perioperative blood management program.
  • Assist with preparation of the heart lung machine under direct supervision of the perfusionist
  • Maintain proficiency with the operation and maintenance of a variety of autologous blood equipment and procedures such as autologous cell salvage, production of concentrated platelet rich plasma
  • Maintain appropriate, timely, and accurate documentation including pre-procedure checklist and filing of all records.
  • Assist in the education, orientation, and training of new staff or interested personnel.
  • Required adherence to the Health System policy outlining the care, maintenance, culturing, documentation, and reporting related to the heater cooler units used by the perfusion department.



  • Associates Degree in Health Science and/or Certification by a Technical School Program.
  • Minimum of 2 years of related hospital perfusion services experience or related manufacturer experience and/or demonstrates equivalent proficiencies.
  • Basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and chemistry.
  • Basic knowledge of hospital operations and regulatory requirements (as applicable).Basic communication and interpersonal skills.
  • General Computer skills using Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Preferred - Knowledge of blood recovery and biologic processing devices.
  • Physical Requirement:In fulfilling these duties, the perfusion assistant must be able to stand/walk 3-6 hours/day, lift or carry up to 50 pounds 3-4 times/day and push/pull up to 400 pounds 2-3 times/day
  • Exposure to hazardous biological materials is a common occurrence as is exposure to bodily fluids
  • Exposure to infectious disease or chemotherapeutic agents is a possibility

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Automotive Insurance
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Driver's License
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $20.71 to $34.54 / hour

    Union Position: No

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