Cath Lab Tech (PRN)

Webster, TX United States

JOB SUMMARY   

The Cardiac Cath Lab Technician- Certified plays multiple roles on the Cardiac Cath Lab team as the Cardiovascular technician during Cardiac Catheterization procedures. In both roles he/she demonstrates technical proficiency in all Cardiac Cath Lab procedures and equipment; applies anatomical and physiological knowledge to proficiently assist the Cardiologist or Electrophysiologist with providing cardiac patient care. He/she maintains good communication with the Cath Lab team to ensure proper equipment set up, accurate monitoring, and quality data collection.

Reports to:      Director of Surgical Services

Supervises:      None

Classification: Non-Exempt

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two (2) years full-time Invasive Cardiovascular Technology experience with One of the following:

a.     An Associate Degree or equivalent college hours (62 semester hours) in health, science, natural science, nursing, engineering, or any primary science or higher AND one (1) year (full-time or full-time equivalent) in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology.

b.     Baccalaureate degree in health, science, natural science, nursing, engineering, or any primary science AND six (6) months (full-time or full-time equivalent) in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology.

2.     A Graduate of an accredited (by CHEA, USDOE, or CMA) program in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology. Or a graduate of a NON-programmatically accredited program in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology which has a minimum of one (1) year of specialty training and includes a minimum of 800 clinical hours.   

Minimum License, Certificates, or Registrations Required: New hires must have ONE of the below listed certifications:

a) RCIS (Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist) from CCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International)

b) ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists)

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE

Category I exposure to blood borne pathogens, frequent exposure to chemical hazards and may encounter radiation hazards.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Demonstrates technical proficiency for all cardiac catheterization procedures while functioning in a primary role as a Cardiac Cath Lab Technician or Hemodynamic Recorder.

2. Consistently and correctly identifies cardiac structures, coronary vasculature, and the associated disease processes.

3. Practices radiation safety and observes all principles to ALARA. This includes a good knowledge of all regulations and requirements set forth by the Texas Bureau of Radiation Control and the Methodist Radiation Safety Committee and the proper use and storage of personal radiation badge.

4. Assists the physician in obtaining or entering data into the Physiologic Monitoring System(s) for accurate assessment of left and/or right-sided Hemodynamic pressure measurements. Assures accurate information is gathered or entered for the calculation of intra-cardiac shunts, valve areas, and pressure measurements throughout the catheter path.

5. Accurately reports Ejection Fraction by demonstrating proficiency in the assessment of Cardiac function, utilizing Left Ventricular Analysis program(s). Understands the disease processes that result in depressed Cardiac function such as: Coronary Artery Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Myocardial Infarction, Valvular disorders, etc.

6. Consistently assures that Angiographic and procedural data is properly archived for long-term storage. Verifies the presence of all components of procedure information in both hard copy and computerized formats.

Additional Job Functions:                                                                                                              

  1. May have access to contrast agents and other non-controlled medications as appropriate to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  2. Takes "Call" on a rotating basis.
  3. Supports the mission and vision of Houston Physicians’ Hospital and demonstrates excellent customer service at all times.
  4. Understands and is committed to helping the Houston Physicians’ Hospital achieve its goals.
  5. Must learn and comply facility safety policies and rules; must use appropriate safety equipment and procedures at all times; must immediately report all unsafe conditions to supervisors; must be familiar with all safety features of equipment, tools or materials encompassed by job duties; and must check with supervisors (prior to job performance) if there is a question as to the safe procedure to be used for any job function.
  6. Adheres to Houston Physicians’ Hospital Code of Conduct and demonstrates ethical behavior as expected by our patients, colleagues and the community. Understands the personal obligation to report any activity that appears to violate applicable laws, rules regulations or the Code of Conduct itself.
  7. Completes other duties as assigned   

Employee completes initial and ongoing training and competencies as defined by service line, facility and department/unit which are specific to the needs of the patient population served (if applicable). Includes specific competency in:

• Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization

• Peripheral Angiography

• PTCA, Stent implantation

• Aspiration/Extraction devices

• Distal Embolization Protection devices, PTA and Peripheral Stent implantation

• Vascular Closure devices

• Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump

• Temporary Transvenous Pacing

• Implantable Defibrillators/Pacemakers all of which can occur on an Elective/ Emergent

basis

ENVIRONMENTAL AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS/HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS

WORKING CONDITIONS

(X) INSIDE: Spends approximately _40_ hours or more per week inside.

( ) OUTSIDE: Spend approximately __ hours per week outside (driving/running work related errands).

( ) BOTH: The activities occur inside and outside in approximately equal amounts.

WORK POSITIONS: (defined in 5% increments of work time):

Sitting 40 % + Standing 40 % + Walking 20 % = 100%

LIFTING/CARRYING DEMANDS: Ability to lift, push and pull with assistance (mechanical or co-worker) the weight of an average patient/heaviest object specific to the department.

( ) SEDENTARY WORK: Lifting 10 lbs. maximum and occasional lifting and/or carrying articles.

(X) LIGHT WORK: Lifting 20 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying articles weighing up

to 10 lbs.

( ) MEDIUM WORK: Lifting 50 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects

Weighing up to 25 lbs.

( ) HEAVY WORK: Lifting 100 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects

weighing up to 50 lbs.

( ) VERY HEAVY WORK: Lifting objects in excess of 100 lbs. with frequent lifting and/or carrying of

objects weighing more than 50 lbs.