Autotransfusionists work with the attending physicians in the operative and post-operative settings. They are directed, by the attending physician, to monitor and ensure aseptic techniques, choose the appropriate equipment, set up and operate the Cell Saver, Rapid Infusion System, and any other Autotransfusion Systems.

Autotransfusionists are expected to initiate and maintain written documentation specific to intra-operative and post-operative autotransfusion. The documentation is to include specific equipment used, supplies used, anticoagulants, wash solutions, volume of blood processed, quality controls, personnel involved, and patient data. Autotransfusionists assist perfusion services with daily and weekly inventories. They are expected to order and stock supplies for autotransfusion, including bowl assemblies, cardiotomy reservoirs, dual suction lines, heparinized salines and wash solutions.

After surgery, the autotransfusionist will properly dispose of used circuits and related supplies, clean all autotransfusion equipment, and perform routine maintenance as a preventative measure. Along with maintenance and repair, autotransfusionists will include monthly cleaning of heater/coolers and weekly, monthly, and quarterly TQM data collection and monthly/quarterly reports.

Autotransfusionists are required to evaluate new techniques and equipment in order to update all existing hospital policies and procedures related to blood conservation. They will also develop and maintain quality improvement plans related to autotransfusion.

Autotransfusionists must attend and complete an intraoperative autotransfusion specialist training program.