Cardiac Cath Technician
Responsibilities:Under the general supervision of the CVIS Manager, assists physicians during routine diagnostic cardiac cath procedures, elective and emergency cardiac interventions and special cardiac procedures. Monitors adult and geriatric patients during procedures, assists physician with scrub duties and assists circulator. Operates, maintains, and troubleshoots cath lab equipment including radiographic equipment and digital imaging equipment. Assists and supports in patient preparation, post-procedure care and transportation of patients. QualificationsEducation
One year of CVT training through an accredited program required. Cath Lab and/or EP Lab experience may be substituted for the one year training requirement.
BLS required. (Must acquire certification within orientation period and maintain.)
Must have a minimum of one year clinical experience in a Cath Lab/EP Lab setting through an accredited CVT program or have one year's experience in a Cath Lab/EP Lab and be performing successfully with no competency issues. Must demonstrate above average skills during scrub and/or control rotations as evidenced by successful completion of scrub and/or control portion of clinical competency for cath techs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to think critically and prioritize multiple tasks and responsibilities. High level of interpersonal skills in order to effectively communicate with patients, families, visitors, team members, physicians and other hospital personnel with whom daily interactions must take place. Demonstrated traits of initiative and dependability required. Ability to perform efficiently and effectively under stress. Although physicians primarily direct patient care, the individual technician must be able to support the various aspects of invasive diagnostic and interventional cardiology: He/she must have moderate knowledge of the fundamentals of electronics, cardiac anatomy and physiology, physical assessment. Individual must have knowledge and skills to assist with diagnostic right and left heart catheterization and interventional procedures. Must be able to respond quickly to assist physician in providing basic and advanced cardiac life support from scrub position, maintaining knowledge of current interventional equipment. Must be able to utilize aseptic technique for invasive procedures and follow the infection control policies. Must be flexible. Cardiac Cath Lab caseloads fluctuate greatly, procedures may vary in length of time and often the predicted length of time for a given procedure is exceeded. Cardiac Cath Technicians employed in full time positions must be able to take call. Must be able to report for duty within 30 minutes of notice when on call. Must be able to deal appropriately with emotional stress since the cath lab environment is high-tech, often fast-paced and patient status is subject to rapid and extreme change. Must recognize hemodynamic wave-forms of signals acquired during procedure, and be familiar with normal values. Must know where ALL supplies are located. Must know how to set-up, operate and troubleshoot medical equipment used.
Standing for long periods of time (8 to 12 hours) Walking for long periods of time (8 to 12 hours) to include moving about the work area, hospital and/or campus as needed Sitting for extended periods (8 to 12 hours) Must be able to bend, stoop and reach/lift above your head Sight: must be able to read documentation in a variety of formats such as items in print or electronically. For Health Care Providers (HCP) must be able to visualize patient condition and see data displayed on monitoring devices, etc. Auditory: must be able to hear in order to clearly communicate with others and use communication devices such as telephones, must be able to hear patients, alarms, call bells, etc. Tactile: must have ability to handle equipment and/or devices related to job duties, enter documentation within computer system. For HCP must be able to feel for pulses, skin temperature, and other patient conditions Olfactory: HCP need to be able to smell disease-specific smells HCP should not manually lift (including transfer, reposition, or move) patients who weigh greater than 35 pounds. The appropriate safe patient handling device will be used, except in emergency situations (life or death situations where delay in obtaining and using the safe patient handling equipment may be detrimental to the patient). Refer to Policy/Procedure G-89 Proper body mechanics will be used when moving or lifting any equipment or supplies