Cardiac Sonographer PD
Under general supervision performs cardiac diagnostic ultrasound procedures at a technical level, providing identification of cardiac structures, recognition of abnormalities and documentation for later clinical interpretation.
- Principal Responsibilities and Tasks The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being perfo7rmed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
- Performs non-invasive echocardiograms to assist the Anesthesiologist or Cardiologist to diagnose, analyze and monitor the disorder of the heart in accordance with departmental procedures.
- Greets and receives patients. Explains procedure to patient; informs patient or physician of required preparation for particular exam. Positions patients according to department procedure manual. Assists patients onto examining table, in accordance with department protocols. Communicates information regarding cardiac sonography procedures requiring patient preparation.
- Performs clinical echocardiogram procedures of the heart, comprising real time, ultrasound, and M-Mode imaging. Performs quantitative analysis of studies to note abnormalities in test results and alerts physician of such abnormalities.
- Reports all potential or actual patient/equipment problems to the supervisor and/or manufacturing company. Troubleshoots minor equipment problems.
- Recognizes and responds to emergency situations by utilizing CPR or contacting nursing or medical personnel.
A. Sets up and maintains a sterile field by using sterile techniques; opens sterile procedure trays where applicable.
B. Assists in transesophageal echocardiograms by operating cardiac ultrasound and echocardiograph equipment, preparing and disinfecting transesphageal scope as per standard operating and infection control standards/procedures.
Sets up ultrasound equipment and assists Anesthesiologist or Cardiologist in preparing monitoring equipment and assists under physician’s direction duties relating to patient’s care and comfort.
C. In Anesthesiology, provides ultrasound guidance for localization in the performance of minor surgical procedures.
- Cleans and disinfects ultrasound/cardiology equipment. Calibrates equipment for correct exposure and magnification parameters. Performs minor maintenance on equipment, as needed following protocols and guidelines.
A. Maintains supplies needed on a daily basis by restocking according to inventory list in each procedure room.
B. Documents all equipment problems on maintenance request forms.
- Enters patient history in the information system accurately and completely on a daily basis in accordance with departmental procedures. Maintains daily log and prepares necessary documentation for patient charge and report generation.
- Assists the receptionist and other support staff with routine office duties, as needed. Arranges in-patient requests for transthoracic echocardiograms in order to accommodate all patients.
- Assists in training fellows, cardiac students and house staff. May prepare and present in-service training for cardiology conference.
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Education and Experience
- High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) is required.
- Registered or eligible for registry as a Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is required.
- One year experience performing echocardiography testing/procedures, or equivalent, is required.
- CPR Certification Required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Effective verbal and written communication skills are necessary to work with patients, medical and nursing personnel. Ability to communicate effectively with patients and all levels of staff.
- Proficient knowledge and understanding of anatomy, specific disease entities in the field of cardiology/echocardiology and pattern recognition.
- Proficient knowledge of ultrasound principles and practices, including differentiation of cross-sectional anatomy and setting-up and maintaining a sterile field is required.
- Ability to operate routine cardiology equipment, set –up various monitoring equipment and echocardiogram.
- Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient population(s) served. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's requirements relative to his or her population-specific and age specific needs.