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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-10

Compliance of Iranian perfusionist with the American Society of extracorporeal technology standards


1 Department of Critical Care Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Iran University of Medical Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
2 Heart Valve Disease Research Center, Rajaie Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Medical Surgery Nursing, Tabriz University of Medical Science, Tabriz, Iran
4 Department of Critical Care Nursing, Center for Nursing Care Research, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Amir Faravan
Department of Critical Care Nursing, Center for Nursing Care Research, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/rcm.rcm_7_19

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Background: Standards play an important role in representing the minimum favorable and acceptable performance and are used in determining the exact current status of a hospital and evaluating and monitoring its performances. Standards also play an important role in providing quality services by perfusionists to patients undergoing open heart surgery with heart–lung machine. Objectives: This study aimed to analyze the compliance with standards related to perfusionists in Iran by comparison with the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology Standards. Methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study, a questionnaire developed by the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology Standards was used to collect data from 48 Iranian hospitals and educational medical centers. The level of compliance with perfusion standards related to perfusionists was analyzed and compared with the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology Standards. Results: The results showed that 45.52% of the centers were in compliance with factors related to standards of competence, qualification, and backup staffing for critical situation. Only 23% of the centers comply with standards of perfusionists' interaction with the medical team which indicates an unsatisfactory interaction between perfusionists and the medical team, and regarding the working hours, only 18.5% of the centers comply with the standards in this area. Conclusion: The comparison made between the compliance of Iranian perfusionists and the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology Standards reveals an unsatisfactory level. This suggests the need for the development of accreditation programs and standards of care on the one hand and conduction of a continuous evaluation of these standards on the other hand.


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