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The Ultrasound Technologist Level I is responsible for performing complex procedures in Ultrasound through the operations of radiographic equipment to obtain highest quality of diagnostic images. Independent judgement, ingenuity and initiative are essential in addition to responsibility for designated areas, procedures and equipment.
Obtains and examines the order for an Ultrasound scan to be aware of information such as procedures requested, patient's condition and any other special notes or comments. Ensures that orders are appropriate to the type of exam recommended by physician.
Notifies supervisor of any discrepancies and/or contacts physician's office for correct orders if necessary. Identifies patient service requirements by establishing personal rapport with potential and actual patients and other persons in a position to understand service requirements. Verify the patient's ID by checking their name and date of birth on electronic medical record and patient's wristband.
Always obtain necessary consents and education. Perform complex specialized tasks associated with the operation of Ultrasound scanners and related equipment in accordance with prescribed radiation safety procedures under the direction/supervision of a Radiologist using age appropriate standards of practice. Ability to integrate diagnostic, laboratory results, patient history and medical records and adapt exam as necessary.
Adheres to Ultrasound protocols to maintain high quality standards. Consistently demonstrates complete competence in performing Ultrasound scans as ordered. As required during a procedure, assists positioning patients in required anatomical position for display of body for Ultrasound scans using immobilization and protective equipment as necessary.
Maintain proper aseptic technique utilizing universal precaution guidelines (hand washing, gloves, gown, mask, eye protection and equipment disinfection). Assist radiologist with imaging procedures, starting IV's, and injecting contrast, if applicable. Assist radiologist with interventional Ultrasound procedures. Evaluate Ultrasound scans for technical quality, collate processed images in sequence of exposure and appropriately label.
Film/transmit to PACS. Schedule patients for procedures; assist with clerical functions. Charge procedures and supplies in UChart/Radiant.
Maintain accurate patient records. Provide assistance with orientation and training to new Ultrasound technologists. Gains patient cooperation by reducing anxieties; providing explanations of treatment; answering questions.
Provide education and training to student technologists. Applies physical age-specific and/or developmental care needs of patients according to their documented physical/development requirement by competency validation checklist:
Performs basic nursing functions in the patient's care i.e., assists with bedpans, emesis basins, etc. Assumes care for physical and psychological needs of the patient during scanning procedures; initiates life support measures for patients if necessary; assists in "Code Blue" procedure during medical emergencies.
Performs CPR as needed. Keeps work area in a clean and sanitary condition and stocks exam/dressing rooms with required supplies. Provides on call coverage.
Reports unusual findings in a timely manner to appropriate Radiologist/Supervisory personnel. Abide by to hospital/department HR policies. Adheres to any regulatory body guidelines governing modality including but not limited to:
Joint Commission, AHCA, ACR, FL DOH and FDA/MQSA. Assist with the day-to-day operations within the department.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.
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