The Cardiac Sonographer 1 performs basic to advanced cardiac ultrasound services and procedures for adult patients such as transthoracic, transesophageal and stress, used to diagnose and assess cardiac abnormalities. General duties include preparing equipment, prepping patients and explaining procedures, reading the images, report findings, analyzing patient clinical history in order to identify the purpose of the examination, framing the clinical question that the examination is intended to answer, and expanding the examination as necessary to answer the clinical questions.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE ROLE
Performs basic to advanced cardiac ultrasound procedures utilizing a variety of equipment and techniques, and makes the necessary measurements required for the interpretation to obtain accurate, high quality results.
Identifies and defines cardiac abnormalities and extends the scope of the examination appropriately, deviating from standard techniques when necessary and correlating invasive and noninvasive cardiac diagnostic test results with cardiac anatomy and function.
May assist physicians in the procedure rooms and operating rooms by performing echocardiograph studies to aid them in proceeding with complex procedures to decrease risk factors.
Assists in performing transesophageal studies with cardiologist, calculating appropriate measurements and sterilizes probe.
Prepare patients for procedures and obtains clinical history from the patient including cardiac related physical findings and pertinent laboratory data in order to adapt the imaging techniques to obtain comprehensive and diagnostic echocardiograms to alleviate the probability of erroneous clinical interpretation of the echocardiogram.
Records statistics and performs daily maintenance of the Echocardiography Lab and its equipment, reporting all malfunctions as appropriate.
Acts as a resource to other staff, physicians and students regarding equipment, techniques, procedures and studies to optimize patient care.
Works closely with cardiac sonographer quality coordinator to ensure quality processes and protocols are adhered to, and assists with IAC accreditation activities as delegated.
Implements protocols as new technology evolves, and ensures system echocardiography standards are implemented and adhered to.
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
Education & Experience requirements (must meet one of the following):
- Associates degree in Cardiac Sonography from CAAHEP accredited program, or
- US military sonographer training program equivalent to an Associate?s degree, or
- Two (2) years of related sonography experience.
Within 6 months from date of hire, must attempt to be Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) granted by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) granted by Cardio Credentialing International (CCI).
Knowledge and ability to apply complex sonographic principles, instrumentation and techniques.
Knowledge of cardiac anatomy and physiology.
Ability explaining the purpose of the echocardiographic examination to the patient and answering patients' questions.
Knowledge of approved clinical protocols for each type of cardiovascular ultrasound examinations.
Knowledge of proper infection control, including precautionary procedures. Knowledge of relevant laws regarding patient confidentiality and privacy.
Ability to interact and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with healthcare providers, including other sonographers, physicians, and nurses.
Knowledge of medical terminology.
Skilled utilization of computers and medical equipment.
Our competitive benefits package includes the following
Immediate eligibility for health and welfare benefits
401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5%
PTO accrual beginning Day 1
Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or level
EDUCATION - Associate's or 2 years of work experience above the minimum qualification
EXPERIENCE - Less than 1 Year of Experience
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS), Reg Diag Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS): Reg Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer RDCS or Reg Diagnostic Medical Sonographer RDMS by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Reg Cardiac Sonographer RCS or RVT by Cardio Credentialing Intl. (CCI) within 6 months of hire.
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