Standard

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:

  • Regard the well-being of the patient as the first consideration.
  • Observe the legal requirements relevant to the practice of perfusion.
  • Supply professional advice and counselling at appropriate times.
  • Keep abreast of the progress of contemporary, evidence based perfusion technology and knowledge to maintain the highest standards of professional competence.
  • Respect the trust and confidentiality of patient information and data.
  • Consult professional colleagues and other health professionals when deemed to be in the best interest of the patient.
  • Assist colleagues and other health professionals when called on for help or support.
  • Ensure that all equipment utilised in the performance of perfusion is properly maintained.
  • Ensure that all appropriate safety precautions are taken to safeguard the patient.
  • Strive to provide full, accurate and truthful information to the patient regarding professional services and avoid misleading the patient regarding the nature, cost or value of the Perfusionist's professional services.
  • Maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and other health professionals, refrain from publicly criticising them, and pay due regard to their opinions and achievements.
  • Endeavour to maintain the confidence and trust placed in colleagues by patients.
  • Refrain from association with fraudulent and unethical practice and practitioners.
  • Practise only under conditions which ensure professional integrity.
  • Have available at all times a complete manual of Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Observe the Code of Ethics of the ANZCP.
  • These Codes should be read in conjunction with the College Regulations and Guidelines.

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