Career outlook for clinical perfusionist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would keep people alive when they are undergoing heart surgery or a liver transplant.
You’d use specialist equipment that ‘replaces’ the heart and lungs during the operation and keeps blood and oxygen circulating in the person’s body.
You would work alongside the surgeon and other medical staff in the operating theatre, treating adults and children.
You’d monitor and adjust the heart-lung machine that does the work of the patient’s heart and lungs while they are undergoing surgery. This means the surgeon can perform the operation without having to worry about the impact on the patient’s breathing and blood circulation.
Isolated limb perfusion is a technique you would use to help to treat cancer. You would keep blood and oxygen circulating in one limb separately from the rest of the body so very high dosages of drugs can be used in the isolated area to treat the tumour.
The equipment you’d use is highly sophisticated technical, mechanical and electronic machinery. You would set up and check it before the operation or treatment.
During the operation you would:
- control the equipment
- monitor readings from the heart-lung machine
- adjust the levels of chemicals and gases in the patient’s blood
- keep the team informed about the patient’s condition.
Operations can last many hours; you’d need to concentrate for long periods of time. You’d work very closely as a team in the operating theatre.
There’s a lot of research and innovation in this area of healthcare to improve techniques or develop new treatments to help patients.
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