Invasive Cardiovascular Specialist
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• Performs specialized & routine diagnostic & interventional radiology procedures.
• Assists qualified physicians in fluoroscopic & special x-ray examinations.
• Records, stores, retrieves, & analyzes data obtained during procedures.
• Monitors the patient to recognize changes in ECG rhythm & pressure, document & immediately communicates to the corresponding physician.
• Assists w/ procedures, ensuring maximum compliance to principles of aseptic technique by self & members of the team.
• Provides imaging during procedures.
• Completes documentation, reports & data entry on computerized exams.
• Maintains & evaluates equipment, performs quality control tests, troubleshoots & performs minor repairs as needed.
• Sets-up, maintains & monitors IABP equipment.
• Acts as preceptor or assist in the training of new staff as well as functions as the department resource person.
• Identifies continuous quality improvement issues & assist w/ quality assurance program.
• Complies w/ requirements for being on off-hour stand-by coverage for emergent cardiac catheterization in dedicated cath labs or cadiac catheterization & interventional radiology procedures.
• Reports for call duty within defined time frames.
• Functions independently & autonomously when on stand-by duty.
• Demonstrates & applies knowledge in specialty area & takes responsibility to maintain necessary knowledge, skills & abilities.
• Completes required continuous training & education, including department specific requirements.
• Complies w/ established personal protective equipment requirements necessary for protection against exposure to blood & other potentially infectious body fluids, chemical disinfectants, radiation, asbestos, & other hazardous substances.
• Demonstrates knowledge & skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to patients served within the unit.
• Performs hemodynamic & dysrhythmia monitoring & documentation of procedures, which may include, but is not limited to the following: Right heart cath, Left heart cath, Coronary angiography, Graft angiography, Pulmonary angiography, Menthegine provocation study, IHSS studies, Temporary pacemakers, Permanent pacemaker implantation, Intra-aortic Balloon insertion, Aortic stenosis studies, Valvuloplasties, Patent Foreman Ovale Closures, Intravascular Ultrasounds, Rotablations.
• Operates & troubleshoots hemodynamic computer systems including transducer balancing digital imaging transfer, storage, & retrieval systems in addition to dispensing patient CDs to appropriate Hospitals & Physicians.
• Familiarity w/ the Crash Cart & the CVT/Invasive Cardiovascular Specialist role in CPR & defibrillation during a Code Blue situation.
• Responsible for Quality Control on radiology imaging equipment.
• Weekly Fluoroscopy checks & radiation protection for the medical staff & Physicians.
• Responsible for monthly statistics & quarterly film badge rotation.
• Assists the RN w/ admission process; continuously monitors & assists the physician & RNs during cardiac cath in dedicated cath labs or cardiac cath & interventional radiology procedures.
• Performs all other duties as assigned.
- High School Diploma or GED.
- Graduate of an Accredited School of Radiologic Technology.
- Completion of sixteen (16) week training program in cardiopulmonary technology upon hire.
- Must possess current BLS, ACLS, and California Fluoroscopy Permit.
- Must possess a current CRT license.
- Knowledge of contrast media (ionic vs. nonionic).
- Knowledge of coronary artery anatomy and cardiac physiology in relation to invasive cardiac procedures.
- Demonstrated competence with critical thinking, interpersonal, and technical skills.
- For a dedicated cath lab, demonstrated proficiency and competency in performing Cardiac Cath and PCI, within six (6) months of hire.
- For a combo lab, demonstrated proficiency and competency in performing Cardiac Cath, PCI and Interventional procedures, within six (6) months of hire.
- Ability to perform all general diagnostic and routine fluoroscopic duties on patients of all ages as determined by employer.
- Excellent verbal, written and non-verbal communication skills.
- History of providing efficient, high quality service to patients in a courteous, caring manner and interacting effectively with co-workers in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.