Working under the supervision of the Director, Manager and Physician - The ECHO Tech performs quality echocardiographic studies as ordered by the providers as well as the performance of all other non-invasive cardiac procedures within the Cardiology Department. Echo Tech is is responsible for coordinating ultrasound in exam rooms, preparing and accurately documenting ultrasound imaging, maintaining the integrity of equipment/supplies and other duties as assigned.
PRIMARY JOB DUTIES
Assists physicians when performing special procedures
Maintains adequate stock of supplies in the ultrasound room
Demonstrates competence in performance of echocardiographic studies
Performs echocardiographic studies considering the age-specific physiological, emotional and cognitive needs of the patient
Consistently performs quality Doppler and color Doppler Exams
Acquires quality Stress Echo and Dobutamine images according to physician and benchmarck standards
Performs quality Trans esophageal echocardiograms according to physician expectations
Maintains competence in all other procedures performed in the Cardiology Department
Intepretation, reporting, communication and documentation of studies
o Demonstrates understanding of cardiac disease processes in order to obtain complete acquisition of images for clinical diagnosis by reading cardiologist
o Reports pertinent information or changes of patients condition to physician, nurse and/or supervisor incorporating age-specific information
o Has a basic understanding of acquired images
o Reports findings and concerns to reading physician for prompt interpretation
o Records preliminary interpretation of studies on patient worksheet incorporating age-specific information. Documents patient information and processes reports accurately and timely
o Notifies the reading cardiologist of any referral studies to be read
o Performs all related processing required for each completed study
o Educates patients and/or patients family regarding procedures performed and communicates effiectively with patient and/or family
o Uses the electronic health records system with accuracy and enter patient charges
Uses equipment and departments resources appropriately
Assists registration/scheduling staff with accurate scheduling of patient appointments
Covers on-call schedule as assigned following departmental procedures
Maintains equipment including cleaning and disinfecting according to procedure
Identifies problems with equipment and notifies appropriate resources for diagnosis and repair and assists with evaluation of new equipment
Ensures that expenditures for job related activities are within budgetary constraints
Maintains confidentiality of all personnel and patient care and relations information
Ensures superior ongoing patient satisfaction and customer service
Demonstrates efficient time management and prioritization skills
Maintains professional standards related to clinical environment
Maintains a personal education file and is able to speak on accomplishments during annual performance appraisal
Practices fiscal responsibility and accountability
Actively participates in the Quality Program as demonstrated by participation at department staff meetings and active involvement in performance improvement projects
Ability to handle multiple priorities while remaining calm, focused and professional
Adheres to CCMH and Campbell County Clinic policies and procedures
Must be free from governmental sanctions involving health care and/or financial practices.
Complies with the hospital’s Corporate Compliance Program including, but not limited to, the Code of Conduct, laws and regulations, and hospital policies and procedures
Performs other duties as assigned
Education: Graduate from an accredited program of diagnostic medical sonography
Licensure/Credentialing: Credentialing by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography preferred at time of hire, however, registry must be complete within one year.
Certifications required: See Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification Policy and Certifications/Education Requirements Policy.
Experience: 1 year experience in Ultrasound imaging preferred.
Pediatric cardiovascular experience preferred.
Essential Technical/Motor Skills: Hand/eye coordination in order to perform examinations using complex equipment requiring precise calibrations and giving injections; ability to speak clearly to communicate with patients, families, physicians and staff regarding patient’s condition, etc.
Interpersonal Skills: Ability to develop positive interaction with patients, patient’s families and staff in order to effectively care for the patients. Must have ability to professionally deal with problems involving patient, families, physicians and co-workers.
Essential Physical Requirements: Ability to lift and/or maneuver heavy objects, equipment and patients for exams. Must be able to push, pull and lift 50 pounds.
Essential Mental Abilities: Must be able to analyze and manipulate numbers, percentages, and indexes from equipment for procedures. Must have ability to explain procedures to patients. Requires higher level of mental faculties accompanied by short-term memory. Must be able to resolve more complex problems involving patients, families, physicians and staff.
Essential Sensory Requirements: Must have sufficient vision, hearing and speech to perform duties.
Exposure to Hazards: OSHA CATEGORY I. TASKS THAT INVOLVE EXPOSURE TO BLOOD, BODY FLUIDS, OR TISSUES. All procedures or other job-related tasks that involve an inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids, or tissues, or potential for spills or splashes of them, are Category I Tasks. Use of appropriate protective measures is required for every employee engaged in Category I Tasks. Additionally, exposure to gamma rays, radioactive gases, chemicals and sharps will occur as part of normal job duties.
Hours of Work: Hours and days vary according to schedule; may have to work weekends and take call.
Employees working in healthcare facilities have the potential to be exposed to hazardous materials including: Hazardous Chemicals/Drugs, Waste Anesthetic Gases, Radiation, Latex, Biological Hazards, Respiratory Hazards and Ergonomic Hazards. See Hazardous Materials in the Workplace Policy.