Day in the Life: Perfusion Assistant Edition

In honor of Anesthesia Tech and CVMT Appreciation Week 2021, we wanted to showcase another inside look into the lives of our highly skilled team members. For today’s highlight, we spoke with Carly Faltico about her experience and success as a perfusion assistant with SpecialtyCare.

How would you describe in a few sentences what a Perfusion Assistant does?

A perfusion assistant works in all aspects of SpecialtyCare procedures in both cardiac and non-cardiac surgeries. Furthermore, we assist with preparing equipment used by perfusionists to ensure a smooth and efficient workflow within the surgery room.

What does a typical workday look like for you? 

A perfusion assistant’s workday consists of helping the perfusionist prepare for their daily cases. This includes setting up the autotransfusion equipment, gathering cannulas required for procedures, and ensuring that inventory is appropriately stocked. In preparation for the following day’s cases, we clean equipment, build and prime cardiopulmonary bypass machines, and assist with other duties as required by the perfusionist.

What kind of training is required of your position?

We go through extensive autotransfusion, intra-aortic balloon pump, and impella training. In addition, we are trained to build and prime cardiopulmonary bypass machines, clean various equipment, and manage laboratory services.

What made you decide to work in the healthcare field?

I have always wanted a fulfilling career that provided not only job security and a sense of purpose, but also one that allowed me to work in a dynamic team environment that offered challenging experiences and motivating opportunities.

What has been the most rewarding part of your position so far?

Working in such a fast-paced environment has challenged me in a way that has helped me grow more both personally and professionally than I ever thought I could have.

What challenges do you face during a typical day in your job?

Working with a lot of different professionals and learning to communicate based on the demand of the job is a challenge I welcome. Everyone has their own style and being able to quickly adapt is an important aspect of the position. 

Any recent stories, team wins, or personal wins you would like to share?

I recently celebrated my one-year work anniversary with SpecialtyCare! 

About SpecialtyCare

SpecialtyCare is dedicated to providing an exceptional patient experience, becoming the OR employer of choice, and leading the way in OR innovation.