As a perfusionist, you will be responsible for managing circulatory and respiratory functions of a patient during surgery to allow the cardiac surgeon to focus on the surgical procedure.
A perfusionist is a healthcare professional who uses the cardiopulmonary bypass machine during cardiac surgery and other surgeries to artificially support and temporarily replace a patient's respiratory and circulatory systems. They have to manage the physiological and metabolic needs of the cardiac surgical patient.
Studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English at the 10+2 level and securing a good aggregate percentage is essential for admission to an undergraduate course in Perfusion Technology.
A BSc degree in Perfusion technology makes you eligible to pursue a career as a perfusionist in hospitals. The course duration is 3 years followed by 6 months to 1 year of internship
After completing a BSc in Perfusion Technology, you can take a postgraduate degree in Perfusion technology which will also make you eligible to be an instructor in institutions of Perfusion Technology.
Certain institutions allow you to take up MSc in Perfusion technology after doing a BSc in Botany or Zoology.
Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture
Undergraduate courses that must have included:
TOEFL minimum score of 79 (out of a total score of 120)
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Setting up the Heart Lung machine is a crucial task to be done with great attention to detail.
Should be able to observe small changes in events, evaluate them in rapid sequence, and think clearly in a highly volatile situation.
Perfusionists have to be brave and believe in themselves and their training, as they have to take up tremendous responsibilities during their job.
They have to work well with other people since they work as a team with a surgeon, anesthesiologist and other staff in an operation theatre.
Working in an operating room under critical conditions can be stressful. A perfusionist should be able to work efficiently under pressure.
Perfusionists should be able to remain alert and active for extended periods while assisting in long surgical procedures.