What is Perfusion?
Perfusion is the process of providing oxygenated blood to tissues on demand.
What are some of the primary topics learned when you study Perfusion to become a Perfusionist or a Perfusion Technologist?
In order to become a perfusionist or perfusion technologist, you need to learn cardiovascular anatomy, pulmonary circulation, the differences between the major ventricles of the heart, as well as the functions of the valves and vessels.
Your Perfusion curriculum will include classes on the following topics:
- Cardiovascular physiology
- vascular system function and physiology
- Peripheral vascular diseases: occlusive and non-occlusive
- Hemodynamics and normal and abnormal hemodynamics
- Pulmonary arterial hypertension
- Cardiopulmonary bypass
- Cardiac physiology
- Cardiac CT
- ECG – Electrocardiograms
- CVADs – Central Venous Access Devices
- PAH – Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
What are some skills that you develop when you study to become a Perfusionist?
Perfusionist training will make you an expert in the design and care of cardiovascular devices. You will learn about cardiology, EKGs, catheterization, pulmonary hypertension, and more, giving you the skills to work in a variety of fields.