International Perfusion Association


Category: Editorial

Perfusion Learning

Adapting and Applying Student-Centered Learning in a Perfusion Clinical Rotation

This study outlines the transformation of perfusion clinical education from a teacher-centered to a student-centered model. By incorporating reflective practice, self-evaluation, and problem-based learning, the Mayo Clinic’s Perfusion Work Group aims to enhance the clinical training of student perfusionists. Changes include reversing student preceptor evaluations, biweekly student-led educational sessions, and establishing clear skill levels. These methods foster reflective practice, self-assessment, and evidence-based learning, ultimately promoting lifelong reflective perfusionists.

Cyber Security

LivaNova Reports Cyberattack Compromising US Patients’ Data

LivaNova, a medical technology company, has reported a cyberattack on its U.S. subsidiary, compromising personal data of its patients. Detected on November 19, 2023, the breach involved unauthorized access to data including Social Security numbers, medical details, and contact information. The company has taken remedial action, offered identity protection services, and advises affected individuals to monitor their accounts and credit reports for fraud.

Perfusionist Heart

What is Perfusion?

Perfusionists are integral healthcare professionals who operate devices like cardiopulmonary bypass machines during surgeries, especially open-heart operations. These experts manage the artificial blood pumps that maintain circulation, temporarily replacing the heart’s function. They also assemble and manage extracorporeal circulation (ECC) systems which support organ functions outside the body using devices like oxygenators and hemodialysis units. Perfusionists are vital in surgeries for diseases like coronary artery disease, heart failure, and during transplant operations, ensuring the continuation of life-supporting functions.

Perfusion Comm

Fostering Open Communication in Perfusion and Cardiothoracic Surgery: A Critical Call to Action

The article emphasizes the importance of open communication within the perfusion and cardiothoracic surgery community to improve patient safety and outcomes. It advocates for all team members, including nurses, anesthesiologists, and perfusionists, to actively share insights and concerns. A culture that encourages speaking up without fear of repercussions, coupled with the use of debriefs, root cause analyses, and data management systems, is essential for continuous improvement. The adoption of the WHO surgical safety checklist and a strong speak-up culture are highlighted as crucial steps for elevating perfusion care standards and enhancing patient care.


Exploring Online International Health Professions Education: A Mixed Methods Review

This study investigates the feasibility and early outcomes of online international health professions education, specifically in Cardiovascular Perfusion. Using mixed methods, the research identified barriers, facilitators, and initial results of implementing an online Extracorporeal Science (ECS) program compared to traditional in-person training. Qualitative analysis highlighted primary and subthemes leading to targeted interventions in the ECS program design. Quantitative data showed no significant difference in student performance and satisfaction between online and traditional cohorts, indicating that online international education in health professions can achieve outcomes comparable to conventional methods.

Perfusion Education

How to Become a Perfusionist in the United States

Perfusionists are specialized healthcare professionals trained in operating heart-lung machines during open-heart surgeries and various auxiliary devices. Their education involves diverse pathways, including undergraduate courses in sciences, post-baccalaureate certificates, and master’s degrees, all leading to eligibility for certification and consistent job opportunities across different educational levels.

Pascotto Team

Robert D. Pascotto Mission Scholarship

The International Perfusion Association (IPA) has established the Dr. Robert Pascotto Scholarship in his honor. This scholarship, funded annually with $12,000 by the IPA, aims to support students wishing to participate in mission trips. It offers up to $3,000 for mission trip expenses to each recipient, encouraging participation in cardiac surgery missions and fostering a culture of philanthropy in healthcare.


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