Facility: The University of Kansas Hospital - Main Campus
Department: CV ECHO PV
Hours: 8-5, on call
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We currently have an opening for a Cardiovasular Sonographer
The sonographer must be able to obtain a patient history and perform a pre ultrasound procedure assessment.
The sonographer must utilize their professional knowledge to verify that the exam ordered is consistent with the patient history, indication and/or diagnosis and assessment findings. In the presence of any inconsistencies they clarify the procedure with the ordering physician. They interact and communicate with patients; explaining the procedure, reassuring them and eliciting their cooperation as needed.
The sonographer must be able to perform professional, clinical and technical competencies of assigned location, but not limited to assigned shifts and be readily available when scheduled to perform on-call echocardiographic services as assigned to provide emergent echocardiographic services under the direction of a cardiologist.
The sonographer must demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate the appropriate anatomical and physiological consequences that would be consistent with disease processes. The sonographer needs to be able to adapt the routine protocol to accommodate a wide range of patients and cardiovascular disease-states, making each exam individual and unique. Any additional enhancements that would provide beneficial echocardiographic information are initiated with the sonographer unless otherwise noted by the ordering physician.
The sonographer must demonstrate both cognitive and psychomotor skill sets in the area of cardiovascular disease states. These skill sets are necessary to accurately and efficiently obtain the appropriate stress echocardiographic imaging and stress hemodynamic information.
The sonographer assumes responsibility for the safety, mental and physical comfort of the patients while they are under their care. Interacts and communicates with patients, explaining the procedure, reassuring them and eliciting their cooperation as needed.
The sonographer maintains cleanliness of supplies, stocks linen and empties laundry on a daily basis. At the KU location the sonographer completes cidex OPA checks and logs before each use as directed by cidex OPA policy to clean the TEE transducers.
The sonographer must organize the acquired data in the appropriate sequence that will accurately represent the patient's condition to the interpreting physician. In the presence of critical values the sonographer must display competence in identifying, documenting and communicating this to the interpreting physician. Working closely with the interpreting physician in interpretive sessions, assisting in the evaluation of data and contributing relevant technical information.
In accordance with the departmental QI program; the sonographer must provide quality, constructive feedback on peer to peer case study review as assigned; return QI studies to the technical director or their designee in a timely manner.
The sonographer assists in maintaining efficient patient flow through the department, working as an active participant with the the other members of the team.
Responsible for completion of mandatory educational assignments as outlined by the departmental director.
Assist with the assessment and maintenance of the equipment log. Make service calls when needed in a timely manner and resolve the issue and document in the appropriate log. The sonographer must notify director/manager of issue in a timely manner.
Participate in the education and training of sonographer students, residents, medical students and fellows, providing instruction in the area of cardiovascular ultrasound procedures.
Assess the need for LVO contrast and bubble studies during echocardiography studies. Administer and properly document IVs, LVO contrast, and bubble studies when preformed.
High School Diploma or equivalent required
Graduate of a CAAHEP; JRC-DMS program in cardiac and/or vascular ultrasound preferred
RDCS or RCS and RVT or TVS credential or in process of completing credential within 3 months of employment required
BLS Certification required
Certificate and/or degree in cardiac or vascular ultrasound preferred
ARDMS or CCI required
Driver's license required
Training or certification in IV and LOV Contrast administration is preferred
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