CATH LAB TECHNICIAN – INDIANA/WISCONSIN/TENNESEE

Contract
  • Post Date: March 2, 2017
Job Description

OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY

Assists physicians indiagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular disease and cardiacarrhythmias in the Cath/EP Lab specializing in the care of patients undergoingPTCA, stent placement, IABP placement and EP devices and ablations. Withincreased experience provides resource and mentoring to new staff whileexhibiting enhanced technical skills.

 

WORK PREFORMED

  1. Uncertified: The Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Lab Tech assists physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular disease and cardiac arrhythmias in an invasive procedure arena, specializing in the care of patients undergoing:

-Basic diagnostic catheterization procedures on adult patients with known and suspectedcongenital and acquired cardiac and peripheral vascular disease.

-Basic interventional procedures which may include any of the following: PTCA,stent prep and placement, IABP placement and operation

-Basic EP procedure may include any of the following; EP studies, implantationof pacemaker, ICD, BIV ICD and ablations.

-Operation of the physiologic and radiographic equipment in a safe and efficientmanner.

-Maintain high standards to achieve quality patient care.

-Keep critical skills current.

-Patient interaction:

-Patient transportation, good communication and evaluation of patient statusduring the procedure, provide age and gender specific care, prep access siteaccording to lab standard practice, and perform EKG lead placement, bloodpressure and pulse oximetry setup for hemodynamic monitoring.

  1. Procedural requirements: Room preparation and breakdown to include fluid preparation with accurate drug concentrations, stocking rooms, narcotic counts, daily QC checks, radiographic, hemodynamic and computer setup, and room cleanup
  2. Prepare sterile procedure tray and patient sterile field appropriately for specified procedure type

– Observe occupational and radiation safetyregulations (wearing badges, lead aprons, goggles, gloves)

-Acquire and accurately document pertinent patient data on encounter form andenter into hemodynamic and X-ray systems.

– Function in all roles rotating during the day asdefined:

-Room circulator- Patient interaction, monitoring/vital signs and procedural documentation,setup equipment such as IABP, power injector, temporary pacer, biopsy, andsterile equipment/catheters/balloons/wires handoffs, running blood oximetry forcardiac output; Assist MD with EP Diagnostic and Mapping systems which includesCarto, EPMed and ESI.

-Scrub- Maintain sterile procedure, infectious control, observe all fluidpatency of catheters, balloons and manifolds, assist according to physiciandirection

-Monitor- Functions in the control room operating the X-ray Equipment and hemodynamicmonitoring equipment, reporting EKG, blood pressure, heart rate, pulse oxchanges, recording hemodynamic pressures accordingly, scan pertinent patientand

proceduralinformation into hemodynamic system, assist with X-ray equipment and transferimages to digital archive.

 

TEACHING/EDUCATION SKILLS

  1. Ability to educate the patient of procedure expectations before, during and after the procedure. Instruct the patient of post-catheterization limitations and restrictions.
  2. Certified: The Cardiac Catheterization /Electrophysiology Lab Tech assists physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular disease and cardiac arrhythmias in an invasive procedure arena, specializing in the care of patients undergoing: Basic and complex diagnostic catheterization procedures on adult patients with known and suspected congenital and acquired cardiac and peripheral vascular disease.
  3. Complex diagnostic procedures may include valvular, congenital defects, pulmonary involvement, radial, brachial and neck approaches, O.R. portable procedures, and any research protocols. Complex EP procedures include atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia ablations and patients with low ejection fraction needing BiV ICDs.

-Complex EP procedures which include ablations, BIV ICD?s and laser extractions.

-Basic and complex interventional procedures which may include PTCA, stents,IABP placement and operation, Rotoblator, Laser, thrombolysis procedures(Angiojet, Percusurge), valvuloplasties, pulmonary stents, coils, peripheraland congenital interventions.

-Operation of the physiologic and radiographic equipment in a safe and efficientmanner.

-Maintain high standards to achieve quality patient care.

-Keep critical skills current.

  1. Crosstraining to all labs (Mobile, Pediatric and Fixed Cardiac Cath Labs and EP as applicable) is strongly encouraged.

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

-Demonstrates knowledge of and performs all Cardiovascular Technologist Leveluncertified skills (patient interaction and procedural requirements) in aneffective and professional manner.

 

MEETS THREE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:

-Performs patient care procedures that require additional skill and trainingwith competency such as sheath removals and foley catheter insertions.

-Demonstrates knowledge regarding location, use, and troubleshooting of complextechnical equipment/instruments such as Millar catheter, Rotoblator, Laser,Angiojet, portable x-ray, radial/brachial setup, coils, Nitric Oxide,peripheral interventions including carotid stenting and balloon valvuloplasty.EP procedure troubleshooting of complex equipment including Carto mapping, ESImapping, and Acuson Intra-Cardiac Echo(ICE).

-Performs in the role of data entry, generating accurate cath reports fromdiagnostic or interventional procedures.

-Demonstrates knowledge of and calculates valvular areas on the hemodynamicmonitoring system.

-Demonstrates knowledge of and technical skill to problem solve X-Ray andhemodynamic monitoring equipment (Mobile Lab Only)

 

TEACHING/EDUCATING SKILLS

-Ability to educate the patient of procedure expectations before, during andafter the procedure in a professional manner. Instruct the patient ofpost-catheterization limitations and restrictions.

 

MEETS 2 OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:

-Assists in the orientation of employees and students as requested bymanagement.

-Demonstrates ability to mentor new technologists while maintaining highstandards of patient care, documentation, and professionalism.

-Participates as an instructor in the annual skills checkoff.

-BLS/ACLS instructor

-Participates in the process of setting up in-services at community hospitalsand making follow-up phone calls. (Mobile Lab Only)