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Claire Hanrahan

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  Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

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Sets-up and controls the equipment which enables a patient's heart and lungs to work during open heart surgery.


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Perfusionists set up and control the heart-lung bypass equipment that takes over the functions of the heart and lungs during open-heart surgery and also monitor the patient's condition. This equipment physically pumps blood around the body and oxygenates the blood, keeping a patient alive.  
 
During an operation, perfusionists are required to monitor a patient's condition. They operate autotransfusion units to replace massive blood loss. They also set up and monitor intra-aortic balloon pumps that provide temporary mechanical support for a patient's heart and lungs.  
 
Perfusionists work very closely with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses.

 


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You must be able to work well within a team. Within surgical teams, you will have a high degree of direct responsibility.  
 
Although much of the work is routine, you must be mentally alert, as sudden life-threatening situations require split-second decisions. When the unexpected happens, you will have to remain calm and make rational decisions swiftly.  
 
Good hand skills are essential for controlling and operating technical equipment.


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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
  Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
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Organisation: Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of GB and Ireland
  Address: The Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Field, London W2CA 3PN, UK
  Tel: + 44 207 869 6891
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