How have you impacted someone’s life today? At Hackensack Meridian Health our healthcare teams are focused on changing the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day. From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational health teams to our long-term care centers and at-home care capabilities, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career all within New Jersey’s premier healthcare system.
The Interventional Cardiovascular Radiology Technologist will assist physicians with all aspects of invasive procedures for cardiac, endovascular, and electrophysiology that include but is not limited to: angioplasty, hemodynamic assessment, flow measurement, intravascular ultrasound, stenting, atherectomy, rotoblator, laser, angiojet, shockwave, valvuloplasty, pericardiocentesis, EKOS, septal alcohol ablation, TAVR, Mitraclip, and the insertion of procedural adjunctive devices such as intra-aortic balloon pump, impella, temporary venous pacing wire.
The added task within the electrophysiology lab will include Temporary Pacemaker Insertion, Permanent Pacemaker Insertion, Single Chamber lead insertion, Dual Chamber lead insertion, Bi-Ventricular Pacemaker Insertion, Single Lead Insertion, Dual Lead Insertion, Loop Recorder Insertion, Lead Extractions, Watchmen, Alcohol Vein of Marshall Ablations. Specialized training in patient preparation for EP procedures and training on physician preference and function of EP/Cath Lab instruments used for the above procedures, the tech is responsible to assist in all technologies and procedures, which arise during the course of research and development of new means and products.
A day in the life of a Interventional Cardiovascular Radiology Technologist at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:
1. Prepares sterile tray for each procedure, and organizes specific equipment for each procedure.
2. Prepares patients prior to procedure; attaches patients to EKG and performs betadine/chloraprep scrub according to protocol; and drapes patients with sterile drape.
3. Assists cardiac cath lab nurses in the preparation of patients for monitoring.
4. Enters all relevant data into the hemodynamic monitoring system.
5. Recognizes and interprets all cardiac arrhythmias.
6. Concurrent documentation of specific data related to procedure performed on procedure log.
7. Assists physicians throughout catheterization and/or all interventional procedures.
8. Maneuvers the table controls for the Surgeon.
9. Controls movement of C-Arm through delicate/involved cardiac procedures.
10. Calibrates and tests transducers for accurate pressure readings.
11. Assists physicians throughout catheterization and/or all interventional procedures as listed above.
12. Calibrates hemodynamic monitoring equipment and obtains, calculates, and analyzes all hemodynamic data assembled during the procedure, including computerized ventriculography data and valve area.
13. Calculates and records cardiac output and oximetry readings.
14. Loads and operates pressure injector.
15. Prepares all data for physician's interpretation of cardiac diagnostic and interventional procedures.
16. Utilizes and maintains the required standards for the operation of digital cine technologies, including protocols for storage and retrieval of images and hemodynamic records.
17. Utilizes x-ray system controls to playback acquired images and manages fluoro time and digital recording system during procedure.
18. Assists in the insertion of all types of vascular closure devices for proper inter-vascular stability.
19. Processes CD's upon request by physicians, family members or supervisors.
20. Assists with restocking of all supplies.
21. Assists in inventory control by notifying appropriate individuals of diminished non-store room supplies.
22. Cleans and maintains equipment and reports breakdowns to lead technologist.
23. Member of the call team (registered nurse, cardiovascular technologist) for procedures during all unscheduled laboratory hours. Must be available in the laboratory within 30 minutes when called by the medical center operator for an emergency procedure.
24. Aids in transportation of patients by use of wheelchair, stretchers, and beds when needed.
25. Confers with manager as necessary to improve the functions of Cardiac Cath Lab suites
26. Responsible for orienting new physicians and fellows to Cardiac Cath Lab equipment
27. Lifts a minimum of 40 lbs., pushes and pulls a minimum of 100 lbs. and stands a minimum of 4 hours a day.
28. Identifies the needs of the patient population served and modifies and delivers care that is specific to those needs (i.e., age, culture, language, hearing and/or visually impaired, etc.). This process includes communicating with the patient, parent, and/or primary caregiver(s) at their level (developmental/age, educational, literacy, etc.).
29. Precepts new technologists
30. Assists with special projects as needed
31. Assists nurses and physicians in supportive measures necessary to restore and/or maintain the patient's well-being in an emergency.
32. Operates equipment safely: Prepares and cares for equipment, returns supplies as necessary. Correctly labels and reports broken equipment.
33. Intervenes with proper technique and utilizes procedures and safety precautions to maintain patient and personal safety in the environment of care.
34. Maintains a clean and safe environment.
35. Demonstrates knowledge of aseptic and sterile technique and principles of isolation according to policy and procedure.
36. Other duties and/or projects as assigned.
37. Adheres to HMH Organizational competencies and standards of behavior.
Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
1. High School diploma, general equivalency diploma (GED), and/or GED equivalent programs.
2. Completion of an approved school of Radiologic Technology
3. Goal oriented with excellent planning, time management and communication skills
4. Proficiency in computer skills
Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:
1. Preferred 2 years prior experience in a cardiac catheterization laboratory or invasive procedure area.
2. Familiarity with computers, hemodynamic monitoring, and sterile operative techniques.
Licenses and Certifications Required:
1. Diagnostic Radiography License.
2. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification or AHA Basic Health Care Life Support HCP Certification.
Licenses and Certifications Preferred:
If you feel the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!
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