The Autotransfusionist is a clinician who operates cell salvage equipment during medical procedures that expect significant blood loss during the intra-operative period. The Autotransfusionist chooses the appropriate equipment for each procedure, sets up and operates the cell salvage machine, and prepares the processed red blood cells for safe re-infusion to the patient. The Autotransfusionist is also responsible for performing administrative duties for the INOVA Perfusion Services Department. These include, but are not limited to, maintenance of accreditation, teaching, and training as assigned by the Director of Perfusion Services or defined by departmental policy. The individual must possess knowledge of current practices in the field of autotransfusion and blood conservation , Joint Commission, H.I.P.P.A. standards , and American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) standards. The Autotransfusionist will complete the Peri-operative Blood Management Technologist Certification provided by the International Board of Blood Management.
Prepares for surgery by assembling the cell salvage circuit, such as securing tubing, pumps, and re-infusion lines. Attaches sterilized reservoir to the centrifuge pump and tubing. Prepares the circuit for ascetic and safe blood processing.
Selects appropriate anticoagulation and processing solutions for blood processing.
Responsible for preparing and labeling processed red cells for re-infusion according to American Association of Blood Banks standards.
Responsible for participating clinically in staff schedule and on-call duties.
Retains knowledge of, or proper use of, procedures and equipment.
Disassembles disposable cell salvage components and properly disposes of appropriate components.
Records, updates, and maintains permanent records of all cell salvage procedures.
Assists the Perfusion department with maintenance and cleaning of cell salvage and perfusion equipment.
Assists the Perfusion department with stocking and ordering disposable supplies.
Participates in research projects; organizing, collecting, and interpreting data.
Compiles and maintains current procedure protocols, with appropriate test indications and keeps them available for review and/or reference.
Responsible for adhering to quality control standards for testing, personnel, and other departmental areas.
Participates equally with the other Autotransfusionists in the department on-call coverage program (hospitals outside of IFMC ie: ILH, IAH, IMVH, IFO).
Assigns and distributes daily autotransfusion schedule according to departmental protocol as part of on call duties.
Completes assigned tasks to maintain and calibrate operating room (OR) equipment.
Documents and enters case data into appropriate database resources.
Attends and participates in professional society meetings, seminars, and conferences.
Attends and participates in bi-weekly departmental in-service meetings.
Responsible for maintaining competencies on all procedures and equipment within the scope of practice at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, and Inova Loudoun Hospital.
Responsible for creating and maintaining strong communication channels and a constructive working environment with other members of the Perfusion team, Autotransfusion team and health care providers.
Responsible for monthly quality control of cell salvage machines.
Environment, Safety, and Facilities:
Collaborates with the appropriate Biomedical Engineers to ensure equipment safety and maintenance requirements for all new and existing equipment.
Is responsible for the ensuring the overall maintenance of the department including safety, infrastructure and environmental issues, ensuring compliance with institutional, OSHA, HIPAA, AABB, and JCAHO etc. guidelines.
Participates in professional development with local and national professional organizations.
Completes an intra-operative autotransfusion specialist training program.
Prior experience as an Autotransfusionist or other operating room experience.
Knowledge of all aspects cell salvage technique, indications and contra-indications of use.
Must possess current BLS certificate.
Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
Is knowledgeable and compliant in all hospital, State and Federal regulatory requirements, including hospital policy and procedures (where applicable to the performance of the job), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Well-ventilated, well-lit operating rooms, assembly rooms. Hazards present from exposure to blood combustible anesthetic or disinfecting agents are minimized when safety precautions are strictly adhered.
Regular night and weekend work as a function of call and Operating Room responsibilities.
Internal Number: 38519BR
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