Clinical Perfusion Service
The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Perfusion Department has twelve Clinical Perfusion Scientists who provide Clinical Perfusion services to patients across the Trust.
A Clinical Perfusion Scientist is the specialist who is responsible for the control and management of a patient’s circulation, using equipment known as a Cardiopulmonary Bypass (heart/lung) Machine. This machine consists of artificial pumps and a disposable blood oxygenator. It is used to take over the function of the heart and lungs, thus maintaining the blood flow through the body whilst surgery is performed.
A Clinical Perfusion Scientist can also be responsible for other equipment which will help maintain long term circulatory support in specialist situations.
Their main role is providing cardiopulmonary (heart/lung) bypass during a range of surgical interventions. Other responsibilities include the provision of a range of associated techniques and services including long term ECMO support, intra-aortic balloon pumping, cell salvage and blood coagulation monitoring.
- Ian Curle, Clinical Perfusion Manager
- Tel: 0151 600 1315
- Email: Ian.Curle@lhch.nhs.uk