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Location: University Hospital - Main Campus
Department: Peripheral Lab
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day/Evening
Pay Grade: 19
Hours: Mon - Sat, Rotating 8 & 10hr shifts with call
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  • Other
  • 1+ year of experience
    • Job Summary
      • Under the general supervision of the CVIS Manager, assists physicians during routine cardiac cath procedures, thrombolytic therapy, elective and emergency angioplasty procedures, valvuloplasty procedures, Atherectomy, stents and special cardiac procedures. Monitors adult and geriatric patients during procedure and administers care as needed or as directed by the physician. Operates, maintains, and troubleshoots cath lab equipment including video recorders, hemodynamic records, radiographic equipment and digital imaging equipment. Assists and supports Cardiovascular Recovery in patient preparation and post-procedure care as needed.

      • Demonstrates population-specific competencies (e.g. age-specific, cultural sensitivity, patient-centered communication) in performance of role.
    • Qualifications Required
      • Education:
        • Current licensure in the State of Georgia as RN, Radiologic Technologist or National Certification as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) or staff with current Georgia LPN licensure employed prior to July 1, 2003 who are successfully performing with no competency issues.
      • Licensure/Certification:
        • BLS
        • ACLS within 6 months of employment in the Cath Lab
      • Experience:
        • Must have minimum of 1 year previous cath lab experience or specialized training through accredited CVT or RT program.
        • RN may be considered with minimum 1 year work experience in telemetry or critical care setting.
      • Knowledge, skills, abilities:
        • Although physicians primarily direct patient care, the individual Cardiac Cath Technologist must be able to support the various aspects of invasive diagnostic and interventional cardiology: He/she must have moderate knowledge of the fundamentals of electronics, cardiac/peripheral anatomy and physiology, physical assessment, patient education, pacemakers, cardiac life support, safety, and medical jurisprudence. The individual must have a moderate knowledge of: diagnostic techniques and therapeutic modalities, hemodynamic data interpretation, cardiac pharmacology, typically acquired with two years experience and/or specialized training.
        • Individual must have knowledge and skills to assist with diagnostic right and left heart catheterization and interventional procedures which include Intra-aortic Counter Pulsation, Cardiopulmonary Support Circulation, PCI, Pericardiocentesis and Thrombolytic Therapy. He/she must be able to quickly grasp new concepts and apply to interventions which utilize new and evolving technology.
        • Individual must have strong analytical skills. This is essential for operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of complex biomedical instruments, accurate data analysis critical to diagnosis and treatment.
        • Individual must exhibit substantial interpersonal skills. Communication skills are necessary for pre- and post- procedure instructions to patient, as well as communication to other team members. Must communicate well with other departments to insure continuity of care as patient transfers from one area to another.
        • Must be flexible. Cardiac Cath Lab caseloads fluctuate greatly, procedures may vary in length of time and often the predicted length of time for a given procedure is exceeded. Cardiac Cath Technologists must be able to take call in order to assist us to provide service for cardiac interventions 24 hours per day. When on call, must be able to report for duty as soon as possible, generally within 30 minutes of notice. Must be able to deal appropriately with emotional stress since the cath lab environment is high-tech, often fast-paced and patient status is subject to rapid and extreme change.
        • Special knowledge required: Must be able to successfully complete annual pharmacology competency and maintain familiarity with medications administered in the cardiac cath lab. Must be able to respond quickly to assist physician in providing basic and advanced cardiac life support, maintaining knowledge of current interventional equipment. Must be able to utilize aseptic technique for invasive procedures and follow the infection control policies. Must recognize hemodynamic wave-forms of signals acquired during procedure, and be familiar with normal values. Must demonstrate knowledge of monitoring equipment. Must recognize ST segment changes and identify life threatening ECG rhythms. Must know where ALL supplies are located. Must know how to set-up, operate and troubleshoot medical equipment used.
    • Physical Demands
      • Individual physical activity: will need to assist in moving adult and geriatric patients onto and off cath tables,transporting stretchers and equipment, and positioning radiographic equipment. Bending, stooping, stretching, lifting, and standing required. Individual will spend approximately ½ day wearing lead apron, thyroid collar for radiation protection and face shield and protective glasses. Approximately 2/3 of the day is spent standing. May be required to stand at scrub table for several hours in succession, wearing lead apron and surgical attire. Must possess manual dexterity to assist physician with procedures. Must be able to pull femoral arterial sheaths and catheters and hold manual pressure for a minimum of 20 minutes. Must be able to provide close monitoring in all phases of patient care utilizing visual, tactile, olfactory and auditory assessment.

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