Cardiovascular Technologist

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 02-23-2018
BASIC FUNCTION:
Assists the physicians in completing task necessary to perform diagnostic and therapeutic electrophysiology studies; device implantations; diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac catheterizations; tilt tests; exercise stress test; electrocardiograms; and perform radiologic processes offered in the catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories.
 
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Interacts with staff, physicians, patients and their families, other healthcare providers Hospital and University officials, general public, community leaders, vendors, and professional associations.
 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • Assists in the pre-procedure preparation of patients scheduled for lab procedures.
  • Completes sterile field set up and lab preparation of patients for procedures.
  • Assists in the performance of cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology procedures as well as other procedures assigned to the lab.
  • Operates and maintains specialized equipment in conjunction with Biomed.
  • Assists in laboratory activities for quality assurance and research support.
  • Operates exercise stress test equipment and serves as technical assistant during exercise stress test procedures.
  • Operates EECP equipment and serves as technical assistant during EECP procedures.
  • Serves as technical assistant during Tilt Test procedures.
  • Assists with the performance of electrocardiograms as needed.
  • Records and maintains daily log of procedures and assists in the maintenance of patient files.
  • Completes billing sheets and submit to Revenue Control or Coding Clerk on a daily basis for timely billing of procedures.
  • Operates monitors to measure and record functions of cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.
  • Monitors and recommends radiation safety procedures.
  • Orients new staff in the operation of the catheterization and electrophysiology lab equipment.
  • Presents to lab within 30 minutes of activation of the STEMI pager, when on call.
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
  • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
  • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
CORE COMPETENCIES:
  • Knowledge of basic medical and cardiology terminology.
  • Ability to operate and maintain hemodynamic monitoring systems, radiographic, intravascular ultrasound, and related equipment.
  • Basic understanding of intra-aortic balloon pumps indications and functions.
  • Solid understanding of basic electrophysiology and electrocardiography, including comprehension of basic cardiac anatomy, sinus and atrioventricular nodal function, mechanism of heart block and other conduction disturbances, and the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias as well as coronary artery stenosis.
  • Proficient in the interpretation of basic intracardiac recordings.
  • Familiarity with typical and atypical atrial flutter, AVNRT, accessory pathway properties, idiopathic ventricular tachycardia, and ischemic mediated arrhythmias.
  • Familiarity with electrophysiology stimulators and recording systems.
  • Proficient in the use of laser systems.
  • Basic understanding of device based therapies and be familiar with the indications for temporary pacing, permanent pacing, and both external and internal defibrillation.
Experience with assisting and performing tech duties with the following procedures:
 
  • Coronary Angiography or Coronary catheterization
  • Coronary Angioplasty or Percutaneous coronary intervention / PCI
  • Closure of some congenital heart defect
  • Treatment of stenotic heart valves
  • Permanent and temporary pacemaker implantations
  • Electrophysiological studies such as AV node ablation
  • Rotablation of heavily Calcified vessels
  • Left and right Sided pressure studies
  • Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation
  • Coronary Angiography or Coronary catheterization
  • Coronary Angioplasty or Percutaneous coronary intervention / PCI
  • Closure of some congenital heart defect
  • Treatment of stenotic heart valves
  • Electrical Cardioversion
  • Left Heart Catherization
  • Right Heart Catherization
  • Angioplasty and Stent Placement
  • A.F.R.O. (Abdominal Femoral Runoff)
  • P.T.A. (Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty)
  • Endograft Placement
  • I.C.D. (Internal cardioverter device)
  • Device interrogation using company specific programmers for implanted pacemakers and defibrillators.
  • Understanding of the pathophysiology of Neurocardiogenic syncope
  • Basic understanding of cardiac physiology and pharmacology.
  • Familiarity with sterile techniques and understanding of proper EKG and defibrillator lead placement.
  • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality and maintain respect for privacy standards.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Skilled in supervising. mentoring, and motivating staff.
  • Ability to consistently maintain a professional manner.
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
CARES CRITERIA
  • Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
  • Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
  • Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
  • Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
  • Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
  • High school graduate or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.)
  • Certification in BCLS.
  • Certification in ACLS.
  • Graduate of an approved school of Radiology Technology program with two (2) years experience as a Cardiovascular Technologist. Or Graduate of an approved Cardiovascular Technology program with one (1) year experience as an Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist.
  • Certification as a Cardiovascular Invasive Technologist (RCIS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing Institute (CCI).
  • Certification as an Electrophysiology Technologist (RCES) through Cardiovascular Credentialing Institute (CCI) within one (1) year of hire.
  • Able to be on-call for emergency procedures.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (50-100lbs with assistance), climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, pull, push, dig, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see (depth perception, color vision), calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
 
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