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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Perfusionist

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Perfusionist
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Health care practice managers; social services managers & directors; health services & public health managers & directors; psychologists; ophthalmic opticians; dental practitioners; veterinarians; medical radiographers; podiatrists

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11,400

Part time workers: 17%
Aged over 55: 20%
Male / Female: 32 / 68%
Non-Nationals: 17%
With Third Level: 99%
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Sets-up and controls the equipment which enables a patient's heart and lungs to work during open heart surgery.


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Perfusionists set up and control the heart-lung bypass equipment that takes over the functions of the heart and lungs during open-heart surgery and also monitor the patient's condition. This equipment physically pumps blood around the body and oxygenates the blood, keeping a patient alive.  
 
During an operation, perfusionists are required to monitor a patient's condition. They operate autotransfusion units to replace massive blood loss. They also set up and monitor intra-aortic balloon pumps that provide temporary mechanical support for a patient's heart and lungs.  
 
Perfusionists work very closely with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses.


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You must be able to work well within a team. Within surgical teams, you will have a high degree of direct responsibility.  
 
Although much of the work is routine, you must be mentally alert, as sudden life-threatening situations require split-second decisions. When the unexpected happens, you will have to remain calm and make rational decisions swiftly.  
 
Good hand skills are essential for controlling and operating technical equipment.


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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
Tel: 01 635 2000
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Organisation: Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of GB and Ireland
Address: The Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Field, London W2CA 3PN, UK
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