The Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound Technologist will provide patient-centered, high quality, cardiac ultrasound tests as directed by a physician modalitiesof M-mode, two-dimensional and doppler. Complementary modalities such as contrast and advanced quantitative techniques (three D, strain and strain rate, speckle tracking) will be utilized. The Technologist will adhere to the guidelines within the requirements of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) and perform exams based on the approved policy and procedures of the Echocardiography Department.
The intent of this job description is to provide a summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Identify patient per hospital policy utilizing two (2) identifiers.
Provides the total patient exam experience according to the Policy and Procedures of echocardiography for the network.
Performs the exam according to protocol, or assists the performing physician during appropriate exams.
Ensures all information obtained is of high quality and accurately recorded.
Positioning patients and selecting the appropriate transducer.
Completion of ACC annual department and hospital wide competency.
Assists in gathering and recording Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement as requested for ICAEL Accreditation.
Maintains responsibility for own professional development through active participation in in-services and/or continuing medical education programs.
Responsible for cleanliness of workspace, equipment, and restocking supplies in work area.
Cross training for assisting with EKG’s, placement of holter monitors and event monitors and assisting with stress testing.
Performs both Pediatric Echocardiograms and Adult Congenital Exams.
Exhibits knowledge and ability to process echo images and documentation into the echo structured reporting system.
Leads the training of other echo technologists for the performance of Pediatric Echocardiograms
Demonstrates competency with department information service required applications.
Knowledge of MSDS accessibility through hospital online.
Possesses knowledge of insurance codes, cardiology procedures, and required paperwork for all procedures and department requirements.
Maintains equipment in good working condition and secures repairs at the direction of the Manager of Cardiology and stocks ultrasound supplies.
Complies with hospital policy regarding safety, attendance and dress code.
Demonstrates competency in the assessment, range of treatment and knowledge of growth and development appropriate to the age of the patient treated (Neonate, Pediatric, Adolescent or Geriatric).
Demonstrates/models the hospital’s core values and customer service behaviors in interactions with all customers (internal and external).
Acts as clinical instructor for students rotating from approved Cardiovascular programs.
Review recorded data with physicians as requested.
Actively maintains aggressive continuing education program to assure current knowledge of cardiac ultrasound procedures.
Maintains adequate supplies for the department by following department process.
Other duties as associated with this position as assigned.
PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:
Sitting up to 7 hours per day in 1 hour increments. Walking up to 2 hours per day in 15 minute increments. Occasional standing, up to 1 hour. Continuous use of fingers/hands to manipulate probe, equipment switches and data entry on keyboard. Frequent use of upper extremities to reposition patients, transport patients, and lifting supplies up to 10 lbs. Frequently pushes echo equipment for portable studies, approximately 440+ lbs. Occasionally stoops, bends and reaches above shoulder level. Hearing as it relates to normal conversation and doppler echocardiography. Seeing as it relates to general vision, near vision, far vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and visual monotony.
POTENTIAL ON-THE-JOB RISKS:
Chemical hazards as it relates to use of cleansing products. Biological hazards as it relates to potential risk for exposure to blood and/or body fluids when handling patients-gloves available. Personal protective material available.
MOST COMPLEX DUTY:
Recording/evaluating echocardiographic data.
Receives clinical supervision from the ICAEL Medical Director and ICAEL Technical Director/Department Supervisor or Pediatric Cardiologist and administrative supervision from the Department/ Practice Manager.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required for contacts with other departments, patients, families, physicians, co-workers and the community.
Must be able to function independently. Certified in Basic Life Support required. Credentialed as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) or Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) within one year from date of hire. Staff assigned facilities with the network as required.
Required Education: Graduate of a CAAHEP accredited cardiovascular program.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATION, REGISTRATIONS:
Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) in pediatric echocardiography from ARDMS and/or Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS or RCCS) from CCI.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum 2 years experience in Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound preferred. Registry by Cardiovascular Credentialing International/National Board of Cardiovascular Testing, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
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