Profession clinical perfusion scientist

Clinical perfusion scientists operate heart-lung equipment during surgical operations to ensure breathing and blood circulation. They work as part of the surgical team, connect patients to the heart-lung machines in preparation for surgery, monitor their condition during surgery, report to the team on the patients' status and determine the necessary techniques according to their needs.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

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Knowledge

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

  • Medical terminology

    The meaning of medical terms and abbreviations, of medical prescriptions and various medical specialties and when to use it correctly.

  • Health care legislation

    The patients` rights and responsibilities of health practitioners and the possible repercussions and prosecutions in relation to medical treatment negligence or malpractice.

  • Hygiene in a health care setting

    The procedures related to maintaining a hygienic environment within a health care setting such as hospitals and clinics. It can range from hand washing to cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment used and infection control methods.

  • Clinical perfusion

    The health science related to the artificial pumping of blood and oxygen in a person's body, also known as extra-corporeal circulation.

  • Resuscitation

    The emergency procedure applied to individuals with no pulse to restore them to consciousness.

Skills

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Apply context specific clinical competences

    Apply professional and evidence based assessment, goal setting, delivery of intervention and evaluation of clients, taking into account the developmental and contextual history of the clients, within one`s own scope of practice.

  • Operate heart-lung machines

    Utilise heart-lung machines to pump blood and oxygen through the patient's body. Ensure patients are safe and correctly connected to the machine before surgery. Operate the heart-lung machine during surgery and monitor the patients vital functions. Disconnect the equipment after surgery.

  • Conceptualise healthcare user’s needs

    Get an idea of what the healthcare use needs are and visualise the case, the possible solutions, and treatments to be applied.

  • Apply health sciences

    Apply a broad range of bio-medical, psycho-social, organisational, educational, and societal aspects of health, disease, and healthcare to improve healthcare services and to improve quality of life.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Work in multidisciplinary health teams

    Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

  • Operate breathing equipment

    Operate breathing equipment and machines to ensure the patient is administred oxygen during surgery.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Contribute to continuity of health care

    Contribute to the delivery of coordinated and continuous healthcare.

Optional knowledge and skills

interpret medical images clinical imaging techniques advise on healthcare users' informed consent medical informatics emergency surgery transplantation develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship manage healthcare users' data provide pre-treatment information first aid use e-health and mobile health technologies promote health and safety rehabilitation of all organ systems respond to changing situations in health care surgery