Technical Standards

The cardiovascular perfusionist operates extracorporeal circulation equipment during medical situations in which patients' circulatory or respiratory functions and other procedures must be temporarily supported or temporarily replaced with extracorporeal systems.

Students are expected to master the technical standards of their program.

  • Acquire information as presented through demonstrations and experiences in the basic and clinical sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through laboratory dissection, and demonstrations of physiologic and physical principles.
  • Acquire information from written documents, computer information systems, and information presented in images from paper, videos, transparencies, and slides.
  • Synthesize all information available to anticipate and prepare a cardiopulmonary bypass or other extracorporeal system to meet each patient's unique needs.
  • Assess and interpret digital or analog representations of physiologic data and manipulate perfusion parameters in a safe and appropriate manner.
  • Make rapid decisions in life threatening situations where problem solving and critical thinking are required.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with faculty, patients, families and all members of the health care team about a patient's condition, as called for under the circumstances.
  • Perform interventions in support of any patient requiring the use of extracorporeal circulation, systems and technology.
  • Practice in a safe manner and respond appropriately to emergencies and urgencies.
  • Adapt and function effectively under various circumstances and rigors which are inherent in the clinical practice of cardiovascular perfusion.
  • Adapt to changing environments and hours, display flexibility in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of patients.
  • Practice universal precautions against contamination and cross-contamination with infectious pathogens (e.g. handling needles, cardiopulmonary bypass equipment, blood and blood products, and treating patients with infectious diseases).

Spend time with CVP students…

Cardiovascular Perfusion Captioned Video

"Some perfusion schools just do academic work. Not here. We start off observing in the OR and doing academic work. Then we start doing the perfusion work. It's intense, but someone's always watching you. They won't let you do anything wrong. They don't expect you to know everything. You're supposed to ask questions." —T. Patel


Room 1215, Weiskotten Hall
Phone: 315 464-4570