Sonographer - Echo Cardiology (1.0 FTE, Days)
1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift
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This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.
Under the direction of the echocardiography laboratory leadership, the cardiac sonographer I is responsible for the performance and acquisition of structurally normal cardiac ultrasound studies. Assists with complex congenital cardiac studies; works towards competency of complex congenital anatomy and physiology. Demonstrates knowledge of normal cardiac anatomy, physiology, and hemodynamics. Works towards knowledge of congenital cardiac abnormalities, cardiac pathology, and palliative/corrective congenital heart procedures. Collaborates with laboratory leadership to understand the diagnostic imaging necessary to answer the clinical questions. Performs diagnostic cardiac ultrasound studies on assigned patients of all ages and across all hospital environments. Assists in gathering ultrasound, and other medical data necessary to allow the physician to reach a medical diagnosis. Shows a high capacity for critical thinking, judgement, and skill throughout the role. Engages leadership to ensure that equipment remains functional. Participates in outreach clinics, weekend, holiday coverage, and on-call services as assigned. Maintains records and reports on equipment, procedures performed and billing.
The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.
Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).
• Documents observations made during the procedure for final interpretation by the physician or other qualified medical professional; obtains pertinent diagnostic images for record documentation when presenting cases.
• Ensures that ultrasound equipment & accessories are maintained and functioning. Reports problems to Lead Tech and supervisor.
• Explains examination process to the patient and instructs and assists patient throughout the procedure.
• Operates diagnostic ultrasound equipment, observes sound wave pattern produced, produces and processes diagnostic images and presents completed sonograms to physician.
• Participates in maintaining records for research cases. Participates as needed in evaluation of new equipment for research or possible future use in department.
• Performs a variety of sonographic procedures utilizing ultrasonic high frequency sound waves to detect abnormalities including masses, abscesses, and stones.
• Performs appropriate infection prevention techniques including CIDEX testing, neutralization disposal. Performs proper probe handling & cleaning according to procedures if necessary.
• Performs basic Doppler scans, i.e.: hepatic/portal veins, hepatic art, venous Doppler studies, renal transplant art/v. Doppler within allotted time frames; Spot check exams consistently show understanding and demonstration of proper doppler technique and documentation of doppler information, color and doppler spectral imaging, color & spectral scale setting at a velocity that demonstrates psv after flow direction and angle correction displayed appropriate to vessel.
• Reviews patient medical history in chart information system. Reloads prior exams for comparison. Utilizes ancillary equipment appropriately (Kinetdx, PACS - Picture Archiving and Communication systems).
• Spots check exams for required views and adequate demonstration of anatomy. Completes exam within required timeframe.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.
Education: Requirement met by License/Certification Requirement
License/Certification: Certification by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or Cardio Credentialing International (CCI)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.
• Ability to apply judgment and make informed decisions.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with widely diverse groups, including individuals at all levels both within and outside the organization and gain their cooperation.
• Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
• Ability to interpret physician instructions and patient medical and clinical records to determine type of ultrasonic procedure/test to be performed.
• Ability to perform general abdominal, small parts, OB-GYN and limited vascular sonography on varied patient population.
• Ability to work effectively as a team player.
• Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and congenital/acquired pathology as they relate to the use and interpretation of ultrasound diagnostic procedures.
• Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area.
• Knowledge of principles of the PACS network and/or other electronic image processing and image development systems.
• Knowledge of principles of ultrasound physics, and the propagation of ultrasound through tissues.
• Knowledge of safety principles and procedures related to ultrasound procedures and equipment.
• Knowledge of ultrasound diagnostic procedures and equipment/instrumentation.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
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