Cardio-Pulmonary Perfusionist

POSTED ON 9/19/2022 CLOSED ON 11/19/2022
Decypher Hired Organization Address Fort Sam Houston, TX Full Time

Job Posting for Cardio-Pulmonary Perfusionist at Decypher

Decypher is a leading integrator of professional, technology, and management solutions and services. We provide our services globally to Federal, Commercial, Local and State clients. Our employees are our most valuable asset and play an integral role in the success of Decypher and our clients. Working at Decypher is not a job, but a career where your talent and energy is respected, and you can personally make a difference. Decypher invites you to join our professional team. Decypher is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversifying its workforce (M/F/D/V).


Decypher is seeking Cardio-Pulmonary Perfusionist candidates to support the missionat Joint-Base San Antonio - Fort Sam-Houston.


  • Cardio-Pulmonary Perfusionist: Provide perfusion expertise for adult cardiopulmonary bypass. • Only qualified individuals are to serve as Cardio-Pulmonary Perfusionist in the performance of the Cardiothoracic Support Services.
  • Prepare and assemble the heart-lung machine, intra-aortic balloon pumps and other related extracorporeal apparatus with the appropriate modifications and adaptations thereof so as to be compatible with each patient, pathology and type of case.
  • Work in close professional support with government and contractor Cardiothoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, professional nurses and personnel of other disciplines in the planning and performance of cardio-vascular procedures.
  • Maintain and operate the extracorporeal circulation apparatus (heart-lung machine), provide oxygenated blood, anesthetics, blood chemical and base equilibrium, (specifically normal heart and lung functioning) to the patient during heart surgery.
  • Follow the rigid surgical aseptic techniques required to institute and maintain total body perfusion of the patient during open-heart surgery using extra-corporeal circulation.
  • Ensure that all systems function perfectly and in coordination with each other, as well as with the physiological status of the patient and the successive phases of the surgical procedure. 8
  • Prepare and assemble the extra-corporeal apparatus with appropriate modifications and adaptations compatible with the size of the patient, cardiac pathology, physiological status of the patient's Cardio-Pulmonary system, degree of illness of the patient and the surgical technical problems that may be encountered.
  • Control the technical operation and coordinate the maneuvers by which extra corporeal circulation is instituted, sustained, and discontinued so that the heart and lungs resume normal function. • Administer/Induce hypothermia when prescribed by the surgeon.
  • Operate the cardioplegia delivery system for infusion of cardioplegia to the coronaries for myocardial preservation. Initiate, operate, and monitor the membrane respiratory or cardiac assist device for critically ill patients.
  • Operate intra-aortic balloon assist devices when necessary
  • Adjust balloon inflation and deflation.
  • Detect arrhythmias and insure the balloon's proper functioning.
  • Maintain constant surveillance of overall performance of extra-corporeal apparatus in relation to the physical and chemical changes produced in the blood by obtaining samples during various phases of perfusion for the purpose of making the following determinations: pH, PC02 P02, acid base equilibrium, potassium and sodium content, and by interpretation of electrocardiographic and electroencephalographic recordings during perfusion.
  • Initiate and operate the cell saver machine, facilitating the salvaging and washing of blood cells, and returning these viable blood products to the patient.
  • Ascertain the proper sterilization of all supplies, components of the heart-lung machine and all equipment used for extra-corporeal circulation.
  • Provide post-operative perfusion services as required for ventricular assist patients. Participate with Cardiothoracic surgeons and other disciplines in clinical investigation and research conducted in connection with open-heart surgery by suggesting modifications and/or improvements based on technical knowledge of equipment.
  • Provide standby services for Interventional Cardiology procedures as requested by the Cardiothoracic Surgeon. • Performs all duties with minimal supervision or guidance. Cardio-Pulmonary Perfusionist shall consult with the Chief, Cardiothoracic Services, (BAMC) when patient issues cannot be resolved at the section level. 9
  • React quickly to changes in complex patient presentation to ensure the safety of the patient in all situations.
  • Able to analyze and interpret abstract and concrete data, evaluate outcomes and problem-solve within scope.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of acute medical conditions and how these conditions could affect patient outcomes.
  • Must effectively communicate with the Surgical team to provide updates on the status of patients.
  • Be able to ask questions when unsure of hospital equipment and be aware of one’s own limitations in knowledge.
  • Be able to establish rapport with families, patients, and health care teams and ensure that the patient and family are involved in all care.
  • Record treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart and/or automated systems.
  • Exercise professional judgment in administering treatment to the spectrum of cardiac patients with neurological, general medical, post-surgical and orthopedic disorders.
  • Provides professional guidance, counseling and evaluation and assist in directing activities and training of any assigned student.
  • Interacts effectively with patients and healthcare professionals to maintain a high quality standard of healthcare. • Maintains proper medical records on all patients treated under this contract in accordance with AR 40-66. A copy of the regulation will be provided by the COR, the contract Cardio-Pulmonary Perfusionist will prepare any additional records or description of care if and when required, on behalf of the MTF, the medical Command, The Military health System, the Department of the Army, and the Department of Defense


  • Bachelors Degree
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Experience: Three (3) years' experience within the preceding four (4) years which maintains skills and knowledge as a Perfusionist.

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