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PERF 7200 - Perfusion Equipment and Techniques 1

Cardiovascular Perfusion Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

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Course Details

Cardiopulmonary bypass is a proven technology utilized in a variety of surgeries mostly involving the heart. As a Cardiovascular Perfusionist you are required to be the professional body responsible for the techniques and safe application of extracorporeal circuitry. This course will teach you about the equipment and the various techniques used to safely conduct cardiopulmonary bypass. Descriptions of the most common surgeries requiring Cardiopulmonary Bypass will also be discussed.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe:
    • the history and evolution of open – heart surgery
    • the most common types of heart and aortic surgeries
    • the major components of the heart/lung machine
  • Analyze the general design of components that constitute the extra corporeal circuit (ECC)
  • Describe priming of the EC circuit and the solutions used to prime the EC circuit
  • Describe the systemic effects of the ECC on blood components and the inflammatory response
  • Describe the importance of maintaining aseptic and sterile techniques
  • Explain the principles involved in cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB)
  • Describe common open heart surgical procedures related to cardiovascular anatomy and physiology
  • Analyze the concept of hemodilution and its physiological effects during CPB
  • Apply concepts involved in myocardial protection while on CPB
  • Differentiate the various cannulation techniques used for CPB and cardioplegia delivery
  • Explain the principles involved in the initiation, maintenance, and termination of Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Illustrate the techniques used in initiation, maintenance and weaning from CPB
  • Analyze the concept of metabolic demand of the body and myocardium during CPB
  • Determine the effects of Acid-base balance, Flow/pressure, autoregulation, temperature and anaesthesia have on metabolism
  • Describe the components of the heart lung machine and heater-cooler units

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2016

Related Programs

PERF 7200 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Cardiovascular Perfusion
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate


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