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Cardiac Perfusion

A cardiovascular perfusionist is a specialized healthcare professional who manages the function of the heart and lungs during open heart surgery. This is accomplished using a heart-lung machine that temporarily pumps the blood for the heart and oxygenates the blood for the lungs. This allows surgeons to focus on operating on the heart and/or lungs. The perfusion team manages all types of congenital heart defects for neonatal, pediatric and adult patients and is available at all times.

Services Provided

Children’s Mercy perfusionists support a wide range of hospital programs related to surgery, transplantation and many other interventions. The hospital departments that rely on the perfusionists support include the PICU, NICU, general surgery, fetal health center, orthopedic surgery, cardiovascular research, laboratory, heart transplant, and ECMO.
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The pediatric and congenital cardiovascular perfusion faculty is certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP), Fellows of Pediatric Perfusion (FPP) and master’s trained. The faculty is active in the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology and the Missouri Perfusion Society, serving as committee and board members. The faculty's original research is also well-published in the Journal of Extracorporeal Technology.

Children’s Mercy perfusionists support a wide range of hospital programs as well as a variety of education, quality and research initiatives. The hospital departments that rely on perfusionists' support are wide-ranging, some of which include PICU, NICU, general surgery, fetal health center, orthopedic surgery, cardiovascular research, laboratory, heart transplant, and ECMO.

Perfusion Staff

Talya K. E. Frey, BS, CCP – Chief Perfusionist
Kassandra Reyes, MS, CCP
Rachel Schneider, MS 

Services Provided

Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB)
Assume the duties of the heart and lungs to facilitate repair of the congenital heart defects.

ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
Provide heart and/or lung support over days to weeks to patients with cardiac and/or respiratory disease.

Emergent Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (ECPR)
Provide immediate lifesaving heart and lung support to patients who have undergone cardiac arrest and cannot be resuscitated via conventional medical methods.

Fetal Health Center
Provide ECMO support for delivery services.

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program
Provide cardiac support for patients awaiting heart transplant using Ventricular Assist Devices.

Heart Transplant
Provide 24/7 coverage for patients requiring heart transplantation services.

Autotransfusion
Autotransfusion preserves the patient’s blood during surgery. This process reduces the amount of donor blood needed during surgery and can be life saving.

Point-of-Care Laboratory
Provide rapid laboratory analysis (blood gasses, electrolytes, glucose, hemoglobin, hematocrit, lactate and activated clotting time (ACT)) for all patients in the operating room.

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