A Perfusionist is a skilled person, qualified by academic and clinical education and by practical experience, who operates and controls extracorporeal circulation equipment during cardiopulmonary by-pass, and who additionally may operate and control such equipment during any medical situation where it is necessary to support, or temporarily replace, the patient's circulatory function and who ensures the safe management of physiological functions by monitoring all necessary physiological and pharmacological variables.
All these duties are performed upon prescription by a cardiac surgeon or medical practitioner. Within this document a Perfusionist is defined as a person who holds current Certification from the Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion or equivalent Certification recognised by the ABCP.
A Perfusionist shall:
These Codes should be read in conjunction with the College Regulations and Guidelines.