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Perfusionist Special Technologies and Services Healthcare
 
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Perfusionists operate special equipment commonly known as the heart-lung machine that temporarily takes over a patient’s respiratory (breathing) and/or circulatory (blood movement) functions. The machine fills the role of the heart and lungs during surgery. This ensures that oxygen reaches the patient’s body through the blood, even when the patient’s heart and lungs have been temporarily stopped so that it is easier for the surgeon to work on them. As a member of the surgical team, the perfusionist must monitor the altered circulatory process closely, take appropriate corrective action when necessary, and keep both the surgeon and the anesthesiologist fully informed.
     
Annual Pay Education Needed Where to Get Education
$50,000-$90,000 Bachelor's and two-years of accredited training necessary for national certification
     
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Salary Range: $20,000-$40,000 and up
Education offered at: Alamance CC (Cert), Davidson CC (AAS, Cert), GTCC (AAS), Randolph CC (Cert), Rockingham CC (Cert, AAS), Surry CC (Cert), WFU (ACLS, PALS & NRP Certs)
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