Perfusion is the science of providing extracorporeal circulation in order to artificially support and temporarily replace a patient’s respiratory and circulatory systems.
Clinical Perfusionists are expert members of the cardiac surgical team, and provide lifesaving support to patients requiring extra corporeal circulation, including but not limited to, major cardiothoracic, vascular and transplant surgeries, as well as support for critically-ill patient.
Perfusion Technologists prepare and operate heart-lung machines and other sophisticated equipment as directed by healthcare physicians. Perfusionists measure blood pressure and other parameters to identify appropriate mechanical, pharmacological and thermal manipulation to maintain tissue viability.
B.Sc. in Perfusion Technology is a 3- year long, full- time course divided into 6 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months.
What is the course about?
Aside from medical centres, Perfusionists are also employed by individual surgeons, or perfusion companies. Clinical perfusion often requires on-call responsibilities at night, on weekends and even holidays. Perfusionists also work in educational institutions as teachers and/or researchers. Further, some perfusionists are hired by industries that manufacture various perfusion- related supplies and equipment.
Who should go with the course?
Perfusionist must be capable of handling stressful situations, paying great attention to detail, communicating effectively, and willing to stay abreast of new developments in the profession.
Academic options after this course?
With advanced education, perfusionists can go in for teaching, conducting research, and working for perfusion equipment suppliers as Sales and Marketing Executives for perfusion products.
Eligibility Of the Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] Perfusion
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, the candidate needs to have passed 10+2, or attained equivalent qualification, with Physics, Chemistry, English and Biology with a minimum aggregate score of 45%