Perfusionists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($105K) annually in the United States. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Perfusionists. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Perfusionist
A perfusionist works in a medical institution to provide care related to the maintenance of the circulatory system. A perfusionist operates equipment whenever medical situations deem it necessary for patient’s circulatory and respiratory functions to be supported. During transfusions, a perfusionist operates the necessary extracorporeal circulation and autotransfusion equipment. A perfusionist may administer IVs to patients and subsequently will need to be familiar with relevant administering methods. The perfusionist should be familiar with all equipment related to the job, including ventricular assist devices. The perfusionist will often work with a physician but should be able to independently determine which equipment needs to be used. When the devices are being used, the perfusionist should be able to monitor the patient’s vital signs and make sure that the machines are working correctly. A perfusionist may also work in an operation room to assist with open heart surgery. The perfusionist should be able to work well on a team, recognize problems that are encountered, and be able to correct them or refer the patient to the appropriate medical party.Read More...
The position may require certifications from organizations such as the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. A college-level degree may be required, but specific education in perfusion is essential. In some positions, the perfusionist will be responsible for purchasing the devices needed for the job, so it is important for the perfusionist to keep up with the latest developments in the field.
- Monitor patient's circulatory process during procedure.
- Operate heart-lung equipment during surgery under direction of physician.
- Administer various types of blood products, medication and control the temperature and blood flow of patient.
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For many Perfusionists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $92K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $104K. On average, Perfusionists make $116K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $122K on average.