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To assist the Cardiologists in performing invasive and diagnostic/interventional cardiac/vascular and electrophysiologic procedures; as well as technical hemodynamic monitoring and interpretation using automated techniques. Providing care to meet patient needs and handle other duties as required and assigned.
To assist cardiologists in performing invasive coronary/vascular/EP diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures using a specific technique. To set up and operate a variety of electrical/imaging equipment and computers.
Knowledge of hemodynamic concepts, cardiac anatomy and physiology, and the purpose and operation of equipment and supplies inherent in cardiac/vascular diagnostic and interventional procedures
Knowledge and competency in moderate sedation administration and policy protocol
Knowledge of EP concepts, theory, and the fluoroscopic anatomy and physiology involved in diagnostic and interventional EP procedures
Displays good judgement and problem-solving skills
Displays ability to organize and prioritize performance based on procedural findings
Ability to recognize and assist in treatment of any complication arising from cardiac/vascular/EP diagnostic and interventional procedures
Advocates for patient's needs
Ability to set up sterile table with appropriate supplies specific to each procedure performed within the area
Knowledge of correct preparation and draping of patients
Extensive knowledge of use and function of supplies specific to cardiac/vascular diagnostic and interventional procedures
Knowledge and ability to properly connect to appropriate physiologic monitoring equipment
Knowledge of radiation safety and appropriate use and function of imaging equipment
Advanced knowledge of EKG interpretation and arrhythmia recognition, analysis, and interpretation
Hemodynamic and procedural results/outcome interpretation
Selection and operation of procedural supplies/equipment based on procedural findings
Knowledge of data analysis and interpretation specific to device implantation and function
Operation of both monophasic and biphasic defibrillators
Ability to recognize and assist any anesthesia needs inherent in the care of the deeply sedated or anesthetized patient
Collaborate with Research RN/Coordinator in carrying out laboratory-based research
Excellence in communication skills and professional interaction enable incumbent to interact with physicians so that patient safety, satisfaction and optimal patient outcomes are facilitated during procedures
Collaborates with team members and other health care providers in planning patient care specific to procedures being performed; assumes accountability for patient care by directing team members, if necessary, so that a standard of excellence and optimal patient outcomes can be achieved
Excellence in communication skills enable incumbent to effectively train and mentor team members
Appropriate, professional interaction with various vendors to ensure patient safety and positive outcomes resulting from product and/or equipment/supply use
Updates knowledge and skills as equipment changes are implemented within the area
Checks and evaluates equipment to ensure adequate performance and general safety on a daily basis
Manages digital archiving system ensuring safe storage of patient images and reports
Promptly notifies appropriate personnel and removes any malfunctioning equipment
Promptly reports any equipment or supply malfunction or defective status so that proactive steps may be taken to ensure patient safety
Demonstration of knowledge and ability to trouble-shoot and/or problem-solve any equipment within the area
Demonstrate the ability to query archived images from deep archive storage, as well as create CD's to facilitate transmission of patient information
Knowledge and recognition of Invasive Cardiology routinesbility to effectively communicate and educate patient during procedures to alleviate anxiety and ensure focused patient care
Provides care to the patient undergoing coronary invasive procedures in the Cath Lab through the use of guidelines, policies, procedures, and standards of care. To report significant observations and reactions to appropriate personnel and document care provided.
To maintain a working knowledge of aseptic technique
Proficient in set-up of all procedures
Assist in passing sterile guidewires, catheters, and other devices as required, using aseptic technique
Prepare instruments for sterilization
Suggest equipment of procedural changes required for the quality care of the patient
Proficient in preparing sterile field
Understands requirements for maintaining aseptic technique
Observes for deviation from proper aseptic technique by others then has it corrected
Report significant observations to appropriate personnel and document observations and care provided.
Accurate interpretation of EKG and alerts physician of any irregular activity.
Accurate documentation of the procedure, in regards to catheter used, patient care, and response, medication given by the nurse, and complications during the procedure.
Ability to assist in selecting catheters that will permit the Cardiologists in obtaining a complete diagnosis.
Record, interpret, and calculate various
Actively participates in data collection, analysis, problem solving and gives input on process improvements and patient satisfaction. Actively engages and attends educational opportunities to achieve continuing education specific to cardiac/vascular disease process and physiology. Achieve continuing education points to maintain active licensure.
Assures that the care provided is consistent with standards of care, evidence based practices, national patient safety goals, core measures and other quality initiatives undertaken by the unit/hospital
Works with interdisciplinary team in identifying opportunities for improvement in patient care and patient/family satisfaction
Actively promotes and achieves customer satisfaction (patient, family, departments, physicians)
Participates in the implementation of Performance Improvement initiatives
Promptly and efficiently follows up on patient/family requests/needs - anticipates patient/family needs
Encourages coworkers in achieving excellent customer satisfaction; utilizes organizational service excellence standards
Serves on unit based councils
Identifies practice problems on the unit
Implements changes in own clinical practice based on literature and unit process improvement outcomes
Works on assigned projects, data collection, audits as assigned
Follow-up and/or feedback to management with problem solving and incident reports.
Continuing education such as seminars and college classes
Participation in department decision making by providing input on new products and policy changes.
Attend departmental education and/or staff meetings
Willingly shares knowledge and guides new orientees
Perform daily QI checks on the equipment.
Assigns/completes charging/coding worksheet on each patient undergoing procedures within the area in an accurate and timely manner to ensure correct billing, optimal revenue reimbursement, and productivity statistics based on procedural charges.
Selects/identifies appropriate charge sheet/charge codes depending on the procedure/procedures performed on the individual patient
Completes charge sheet with correct charges/codes to facilitate accurate coding based on the procedures performed/completed
Validates correct charges/codes with clinical cardiac coder to ensure accuracy when questions/issues arise
Attends yearly education to ensure competency and concurrent knowledge as CPT codes are modified/updated on an annual basis in all areas (cardiology, radiology and endovascular)
Maintains a charge/code error or missed charge rate of less than 3% of total charges on a monthly and annual basis
Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.
Preferred or Specialized
Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.
Successful completion of a certificate program in Radiology.
Associate's Degree in the field of Radiologic Technology.
1-3 years of experience in/with a sound knowledge base in Cardiology.
Experience in hemodynamic monitoring and EKG interpretation, sterile techniques and invasive angiographic techniques.
Current licensure in good standing as a Radiologic Technologist in the State of Illinois (IEMA).
Current certification by American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).
Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
Must possess and maintain Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification within 1 year of hire.
Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.
Basic computer knowledge using word processing, spreadsheet, email, and web browser.
Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.