Qualification, knowledge, tasks and responsibilities of the clinical perfusionist in Germany


Consensus paper of the German Society of Cardiovascular Engineering, the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the German Society of Cardiology, the German Society of Pediatric Cardiology, the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, the German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine and the German Society of Medical Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine.


The long-standing interprofessional and trustful interdisciplinarycooperation between clinical perfusionists or perfusionists (inGermany to be equated with ‘Kardiotechniker’), and cardiac sur-geons, anaesthesiologists, internists/cardiologists and paediatriccardiologists, is an integral part of treating patients of all ages withcongenital and acquired cardiac, thoracic and vascular diseases.To date, German federal law does not recognize clinical perfusionas a qualified occupation with a specific certification. Nationwideno educational standard exists as an entry requirement to profes-sionally perform clinical perfusion, nor are there any duties andtasks described. For the federal state of Berlin, however, there is astate law according to which the professional title and the activityare protected as a ‘Kardiotechniker’ [medical professions act of 15June 1983 (MedFBerGBE); there is also a training and examinationregulation for perfusionists (KardTechAPrO)] [1].

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