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SIDRA4779 - Director of Perfusion

Department: Cardiology Div
Division: Pediatrics Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 08-Apr-2019
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medicine is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards. Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is: “Sidra Medicine will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class: Patient and Family Centered Care Health Education Biomedical Discovery

Department Profile/Branch Profile:

The Cardiac Surgery Division resides with the Heart Center at Sidra Medicine. It offers a comprehensive range of routine and advanced surgical services for adults and children with cardiac congenital defects and is equipped with state of the art technology in a completely digital hospital environment. The Heart Center is made up of the following  services, delivered in accordance with best practice standards whilst being driven by clinical evidence methodologies, in a patient-centered, highly collaborative environment: outpatient services, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, and a cardiac intensive care unit.

 

Job Summary:

The Director of Perfusion is a Board Certified and Licensed Practitioner who makes independent judgments concerning all aspects of extra-corporeal and perfusion care. S/he independently selects, sets-up, operates and manages the heart-lung machine, intra-aortic balloon pump, autologous blood salvage system, ECMO system, Ventricular Assist Device (VAD), and related life support equipment. The Director of Perfusion participates in intra-operative implantation of and monitoring of ventricular assist devices.   S/he actively contributes to the development and application of new life support techniques.  S/he teaches and supervises other Sidra clinicians.  S/he provides on-call services on a regular and equitable basis and performs emergent life support in the OR, at the bedside or other clinical area. S/he actively contributes to the development and revising of departmental policies, procedures and guidelines.  S/he exemplifies the Sidra mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Sidra policies and procedures at all times.  The Director of Perfusion is also responsible for providing guidance to less experienced colleagues. 

 

Key Roles & Responsibilities:
    • Assists in supervising activities of junior staff and jointly assumes responsibility for patient care

    • Undertakes considerable independent judgment with direct impact on the patient’s health, well-being, and satisfaction within authority and own job scope

    • Makes adjustments in procedures and processes and recommends improvements to leadership

    • Functions independently to follow departmental policies, procedures, and guidelines

    • Communicates with appropriate personnel regarding work activities

    • Reviews and evaluates patient charts prior to procedures in which they are involved

    • Independently selects, prepares and assembles the heart-lung machine for open-heart surgery including but not limited to, priming the system with appropriate fluid, medications, and blood products following departmental protocols

    • Independently controls, manages, and manipulates blood flow rates and gas exchange during cardiopulmonary bypass, according to the procedure being performed

    • Safely initiates and terminates cardiopulmonary bypass independently, exercising his/her own judgement in the management of the patient

    • Uses either electronic perfusion data collection or a paper chart to correctly, accurately, timely and appropriately record all patient and non-patient related data following departmental guidelines to serve as the official legal record of perfusion for the patient

    • Independently provides and administers cardioplegia delivery by identifying the proper solutions, priming the system, and ensuring the mixture is delivered at the correct temperature, pressure, ratio, and volume.

    • Independently performs ultrafiltration and dialysis for removal of excess plasma water and electrolyte balance and decides when in the procedure to perform these therapies

    • Independently selects, manages, and operates other extracorporeal and life support systems, including but not limited to adult, pediatric, and infant ECMO; portable CPB; veno-venous bypass; emergent cardiopulmonary resuscitation equipment, CO2 removal devices, and ventricular assist devices

    • Independently selects sets-up, calibrates, manages, and operates monitoring and diagnostic equipment used during surgery and the postoperative period

    • Independently requests, analyzes, and interprets lab results, and decides upon course of action and treatment

    • Independently decides when to use and selects and operates analytical patient monitoring equipment for continuous analysis of arterial and venous oxygen and hemoglobin content and decides upon treatment based upon those findings

    • Independently assembles and operates intra-aortic balloon assist devices

    • Independently adjusts the intra-aortic balloon assists interval to achieve maximum assist for the patient; consults with and advises physicians and other clinical staff on optimization of balloon pump therapy

    • Participates in implantation, monitoring, rounding on and troubleshooting ventricular assist devices

    • Keeps appropriate records of techniques and procedures performed and generate the appropriate charges

    • Maintains adequate inventories of departmental supplies and notifies his/her manager, when any device does not operate within specifications

    • Maintains cleanliness and sterility of equipment and supplies

    • Independently assembles, manages and operates autologous blood processing devices for use during open-heart surgery or any operative procedure requiring the use of this technology

    • Independently selects and operates equipment for procuring autologous growth factor, platelet-rich-plasma, and related services

    • Provides on-call coverage for emergency or after-hours cases, equipment set-up, transport, troubleshooting, consultation or any other situation requiring the services of a perfusionist; the on call perfusionist must be available at all times s/he is scheduled to be on call and reports to the hospital with in the time frame listed in the departmental guideline. Failure to report to the hospital and when on call can result in disciplinary proceedings and possible termination.

    • Reviews results of relevant investigations, develops and modifies treatment as required, provides guidance to less experienced colleagues

    • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies

    • Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values

    In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary. 
Essential Requirements: Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Cardiovascular Perfusion or related subject
  • Preferred: PGDip, PGCert or Master of Science Degree, Doctoral Degree in Cardiovascular Perfusion or related subject

Experience:

  • 8+ years post certification/license experience in pediatric and/or adult/pediatric perfusion
  • 3+ years administrative/managerial experience

 Certification and Licensure

  • Certified and/or registered and/or credentialed and/or licensed by a board of Cardiovascular Perfusion in North America (ABCP or CSCP), UK/Republic of Ireland (SCPS-GB&I), EU States (EBCP), South Africa, Australia or New Zealand (ABCP & ANZCP).
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Professional Membership 

  • Membership in a national or international perfusion society or association

 Job Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, execute and deliver required results based on assessed needs

  • Demonstrated effective leadership and organizational abilities

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

  • Fluency in written and spoken English ( Preferred: Arabic language proficiency)
Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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