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Perfusion Technician

  • Job ID: 409126574
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Flex
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Department: ECMO
  • Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $27.98 to $47.14 / hour


Provides direct support and performs duties as designated for the safety and efficacy of the patient. Is responsible for the safe operation of the ECMO system as well as various ancillary devices and all non-invasive monitoring and support equipment used by Perfusion Services for ECMO.

  • Ensure patient safety through maximizing the care of the patient to be placed on extracorporeal support, both in the OR as well as the ICU's, the Perfusionist/Perfusion technician needs to select the equipment that is appropriate to the needs of each patient i.e. oxygenators, tubing packs etc.
  • Assist with extracorporeal procedures, routine and emergency, during open-heart procedures and other surgical procedures.
  • Also, the use of blood and blood products, as well as lab results, will be monitored closely and reviewed per procedure and at department staff meetings as well as M&M conference.
  • Responsible for the safe operation of the ECMO system. Assemble, prime, and make adjustments to the system as necessary.
  • Ensure that information is communicated to the family in a sensitive and confidential matter.
  • Train and support the casual ECMO staff as well as the nursing and medical staff on the effects of bypass on the ECMO patient.
  • Clean and calibrate all equipment. Stock the supply area and custom packs both in the ECMO cart and in the storage room. Complete and submit appropriate related reports.
  • Recommend to the surgeon the most appropriate cannulae size specific to each patient
  • All other duties as assigned by manager.
  • Communicate the effects improper cannulation will have on supporting the ECMO patient as well as the system that should be used.
  • Remain at the bedside of the ECMO patient(s) at all times with the exception of specific activities that will require his/her attention.
  • Report the condition of the patient as well as the ECMO system to the attending physician and to the Perfusion Technician who will relieve him/her.


5 years of experience (prior to August 10, 2010) or have licensure in PA as a CRNP, RCP, RN, or CCP.OR A person who: (i) is trained according to the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation specialist guidelines of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization; and (ii) operates an extracorporeal membrane oxygenations circuit under the supervisor of a licensed physician.

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