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Wednesday 15th December: Online Lecture Clinical perfusionist at Catharina Ziekenhuis

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Clinical perfusionist at Catharina Ziekenhuis – 15 december

Clinical perfusionists operate extracorporeal circulation devices such as the heart-lung machine which is used during open heart surgery. Before each case, the perfusionist prepares the heart-lung machine specifically to the type of surgery. During open heart surgery the patient’s heart is stopped and the perfusionist uses the heart-lung machine to provide oxygenated blood to the patient. The perfusionist continuously monitors the patient’s blood pressure, temperature, biochemical markers and saturation and adjusts when necessary. Perfusionists are part of a multidisciplinary team and the job requires close communication with surgeons, anesthesiologists, and operating room nurses.

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