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Cath Lab Tech

Cath Lab Tech

CATH LAB TECHNICIAN

OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY
Assists physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular disease and cardiac
arrhythmias in the Cath/EP Lab specializing in the care of patients undergoing PTCA, stent
placement, IABP placeme nt and EP devices and ablations. With increased experience provides
resource and mentoring to new staff while exhibiting enhanced technical skills.

WORK PREFORMED
1. Uncertified: The Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Lab Tech assists
physicia ns in diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular disease and cardiac
arrhythmias in an invasive procedure arena, specializing in the care of patients
undergoing:
- Basic diagnostic catheterization procedures on adult patients with known and
suspected congenital and acquired cardiac and peripheral vascular disease.
- Basic interventional procedures which may include any of the following: PTCA,
stent prep and placement, IABP placement and operation
- Basic EP procedure may include any of the f ollowing; EP studies, implantation
of pacemaker, ICD, BIV ICD and ablations.
- Operation of the physiologic and radiographic equipment in a safe and efficient
manner.
- Maintain high standards to achieve quality patient care.
- Keep critical skills curr ent.
- Patient interaction:
- Patient transportation, good communication and evaluation of patient status
during the procedure, provide age and gender specific care, prep access site
according to lab standard practice, and perform EKG lead placement, blo od
pressure and pulse oximetry setup for hemodynamic monitoring.
2. Procedural requirements: Room preparation and breakdown to include fluid preparation
with accurate drug concentrations, stocking rooms, narcotic counts, daily QC checks,
radiographic, hemody namic and computer setup, and room cleanup
3. Prepare sterile procedure tray and patient sterile field appropriately for specified
procedure type
- Observe occupational and radiation safety regulations (wearing badges, lead
aprons, goggles, gloves)
- Acqui re and accurately document pertinent patient data on encounter form and
enter into hemodynamic and X -ray systems.
- Function in all roles rotating during the day as defined:
- Room circulator - Patient interaction, monitoring/vital signs and procedural
do cumentation, setup equipment such as IABP, power injector, temporary pacer,
biopsy, and sterile equipment/catheters/balloons/wires handoffs, running blood
oximetry for cardiac output; Assist MD with EP Diagnostic and Mapping systems
which includes Carto, E PMed and ESI.
- Scrub - Maintain sterile procedure, infectious control, observe all fluid patency
of catheters, balloons and manifolds, assist according to physician direction

- Monitor - Functions in the control room operating the X -ray Equipment and
hemo dynamic monitoring equipment, reporting EKG, blood pressure, heart rate,
pulse ox changes, recording hemodynamic pressures accordingly, scan pertinent
patient and
procedural information into hemodynamic system, assist with X -ray equipment
and transfer ima ges to digital archive.

TEACHING/EDUCATION SKILLS
1. Ability to educate the patient of procedure expectations before, during and after the
procedure. Instruct the patient of post -catheterization limitations and restrictions.
2. Certified: The Cardiac Cathete rization /Electrophysiology Lab Tech assists physicians in
diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular disease and cardiac arrhythmias
in an invasive procedure arena, specializing in the care of patients undergoing: Basic and
complex diagnostic catheterization procedures on adult patients with known and
suspected congenital and acquired cardiac and peripheral vascular disease.
3. Complex diagnostic procedures may include valvular, congenital defects, pulmonary
involvement, radial, brachial and nec k approaches, O.R. portable procedures, and any
research protocols. Complex EP procedures include atrial fibrillation and ventricular
tachycardia ablations and patients with low ejection fraction needing BiV ICDs.
- Complex EP procedures which include abl ations, BIV ICD s and laser extractions.
- Basic and complex interventional procedures which may include PTCA, stents, IABP
placement and operation, Rotoblator, Laser, thrombolysis procedures (Angiojet,
Percusurge), valvuloplasties, pulmonary stents, coils , peripheral and congenital
interventions.
- Operation of the physiologic and radiographic equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
- Maintain high standards to achieve quality patient care.
- Keep critical skills current.
4. Crosstraining to all labs (M obile, Pediatric and Fixed Cardiac Cath Labs and EP as
applicable) is strongly encouraged.

TECHNICAL SKILLS
- Demonstrates knowledge of and performs all Cardiovascular Technologist Level
uncertified skills (patient interaction and procedural requirement s) in an effective and
professional manner.

MEETS THREE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Performs patient care procedures that require additional skill and training with
competency such as sheath removals and foley catheter insertions.
- Demonstrates knowle dge regarding location, use, and troubleshooting of complex
technical equipment/instruments such as Millar catheter, Rotoblator, Laser, Angiojet,
portable x -ray, radial/brachial setup, coils, Nitric Oxide, peripheral interventions
including carotid stentin g and balloon valvuloplasty. EP procedure troubleshooting of
complex equipment including Carto mapping, ESI mapping, and Acuson Intra -Cardiac
Echo (ICE).

- Performs in the role of data entry, generating accurate cath reports from diagnostic or
interventio nal procedures.
- Demonstrates knowledge of and calculates valvular areas on the hemodynamic
monitoring system.
- Demonstrates knowledge of and technical skill to problem solve X -Ray and
hemodynamic monitoring equipment (Mobile Lab Only)

TEACHING/E DUCATING SKILLS
- Ability to educate the patient of procedure expectations before, during and after the
procedure in a professional manner. Instruct the patient of post -catheterization limitations
and restrictions.

MEETS 2 OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Assists in the orientation of employees and students as requested by management.
- Demonstrates ability to mentor new technologists while maintaining high standards of
patient care, documentation, and professionalism.
- Participates as an instructor in th e annual skills checkoff.
- BLS/ACLS instructor
- Participates in the process of setting up in -services at community hospitals and making
follow -up phone calls. (Mobile Lab Only)

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Cath Lab Tech

Texas
Per Diem, Traveling
Vocational

Published on 06/22/2020