Perfusion Techniques


Today, cardiovascular diseases are one of the leading causes of death. During most operations involving cardiovascular diseases, the cardiopulmonary bypass (or heart-lung) machine maintains the patient’s life by taking over the functions of the heart and lungs. Perfusion technologists set up and operate the heart-lung machine and other sophisticated equipment used in the operating room. In addition, perfusionists, directed by the surgeon and anesthesiologist, are responsible for regulating the patient’s levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide; for measuring selected laboratory values such as blood cell count; and for monitoring circulation. At times, perfusionists administer anesthetic or other pharmaceutical agents through the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit. To perform these tasks, perfusionists must thoroughly understand the body’s circulatory system and must be able to operate complex equipment.

The aim of the program is to graduate students as qualified perfusionists able to use the cardiopulmonary bypass machine and other equipment associated with open-heart surgery. Our graduates will become key personnel in placing and managing patients on ventricular assist devices as a bridge to recovery or heart transplantation and supporting patients receiving liver transplants. Perfusionists can find employment in hospitals.

Period of Education 2 years
Prep School: Optional
Hospital Practice: Yes
Hospital Internship: Yes
Education Language: Turkish