Position Summary: We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Lead Cardiac Sonographer.
In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for performing, measuring and analyzing all aspects of cardiac ultrasound testing which includes M-mode two-dimensional, pulsed, continuous wave and color flow Doppler, as well as portable Echocardiograms. Also responsible for Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE), Stress echocardiograms including Pharmacological Stress testing, TTE and TEE 3D reconstruction, tissue Doppler, contrast echocardiography, Strain Imaging and participation in various research trials. Knowledge of performing Vascular studies such as Doppler, Spectral and Color Flow imaging of the renal and carotid arteries, lower extremity duplex, aorta, stents and pseudo aneurysm is preferred. Monitors the work of all cardiac sonographers and trains student sonographers, cardiac fellows, residents and staff sonographers. Assists with staff schedules, equipment maintenance and repair. Assists with development and communication of testing protocols to staff. Collaborates with management in regard to laboratory accreditation and quality assurance programs.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Provides direction to the cardiac sonographers, facilitates patient flow through the department and provides support to management. Ensures management is apprised of work situations and the performance of each employee, on an ongoing basis, giving clear and accurate information. Utilizes advanced expertise and problem-solving skills to assist staff in the performance of difficult cases and troubleshooting technical problems. Offers continuing guidance on work activities and procedures. Orients employees to changes in new or existing procedures. Trains newly hired technical staff and students of allied health program in the procedures of the department and pertinent medical center policies and the performance of each employee, on an ongoing basis, giving clear and accurate information.
Identifies problems and implements solutions prior to submission of studies for interpretation. Reports malfunctioning, damaged or missing equipment to management and appropriate service personnel. Monitors the work of staff in order to provide clear and accurate information to the manager regarding their performance. Assist manager in the scheduling of staff. Ensures proper documentation of all incidents or accidents and keeps an accurate log of equipment maintenance for all issues. Assists manager in maintaining standards of IAC accreditation.
Maintains equipment for proper function and safety. Cleans and prepares equipment for patient testing. Disinfects equipment after each patient in accordance with manufacturer guidelines and medical center Infection Control policies. Notifies manager or supervisor of any equipment service requirements.
Documents the echocardiogram or vascular imaging according to departmental procedures and policies. Enters, maintains, and records all pertinent data. Informs physician of any changes in patient’s condition, vital signs, or urgent findings requiring escalation. Follows isolation precaution procedures as necessary.
Reviews patient chart to compare previous imaging or review other pertinent information. Demonstrates a working knowledge of normal and abnormal cardiac anatomy, cardiac hemodynamics, electrophysiology as well as the major disease processes of the cardiovascular system. Performs, assesses and critiques the patient’s echocardiogram deciding what is necessary for a complete diagnostic study. Alerts the appropriate medical staff of abnormalities that require immediate attention. Is prepared to assist the cardiologist in the event of a cardiac emergency. Carries out assignment within a realistic time frame.
Provides for patient comfort and arranges equipment for procedures. Prepares equipment and supplies according to established departmental procedures. Interacts with patients by identifying self to patient and verifies the identity of the patient by checking the patient ID bracelet or verbal acknowledgement by patient. Explains the procedures and equipment to the patient clearly. Provides for patient privacy at all times.
Observes and instructs student sonographers, staff sonographers, cardiac fellows, and residents.
Associate's Degree (Two years of college) or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Completion of accredited program in Diagnostic Ultrasound. Registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS, RDCS). Minimum of five years of experience in echocardiography. 3 years should be in pediatric and fetal echocardiography. Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) required. Must maintain active registry status (30 CME’s per three year period). Good communication and interpersonal skills.
College graduate. Registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Registered as RVT by ARDMS or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
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