Sep 23, 2020

Cardiovascular Sonographer

  • The University of Kansas Hospital
  • Kansas City, KS, USA

Job Description

Cardiovascular Sonographer

Department Cardiovascular Ultrasound Shift Days - Full-Time Requisition ID 2020-23229 Position Location Hospital Main Campus, KS City KANSAS CITY Category Allied Health State Kansas

Position Summary/Career Interest

Cardiovascular Sonographers provide professional, safe and compassionate ultrasound imaging care to all patient populations. They are uniquely trained in the advanced understanding of ultrasound physics and instrumentation allowing them to optimize the ultrasound controls for the highest quality image acquisition. The sonographer is able to identify and evaluate the appropriate anatomical and physiological consequences that would be consistent with disease processes. They need to be able to adapt the routine protocol to a wide range of patients and disease-state variability, making each exam individual and unique. The sonographer manages the initiation of critical value notification to expedite optimal patient outcomes.

Responsibilities

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate the appropriate anatomical and physiological consequences that would be consistent with disease process. The sonographer needs to be able to adapt the routine protocol to accommodate a wide range of patients and disease-states, making each exam individual and unique. Any additional enhancements that would provide beneficial information are initiated with the sonographer unless otherwise noted by the ordering physician.
  4. 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 vascular and echocardiographic ultrasound images and hemodynamic information as appropriate.
  5. 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.
  6. Maintains cleanliness of supplies, stocks linen and empties laundry on a daily basis. The sonographer must demonstrate an understanding of the imaging planes obtained during a TEE exam. Assist the physician in the accurate acquisition of images from the esophagus. At the KU location the sonographer completes appropriate TEE probe cleaning and disinfecting.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the imaging planes needed to assist with sonographer-guided thrombin injection procedures in performed in the cath lab under the direction of the cardiologist.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Assists in maintaining efficient patient flow through the department, working as an active participant with the other members of the team.
  11. Perform routine and complex cardiac ultrasound procedures including echocardiograms, stress echocardiograms including treadmill, Dobutamine echo and bicycle ergonometry.
  12. Responsible for completion of mandatory educational assignments as outlined by the department director.
  13. Perform routine and complex peripheral vascular scans, including of the abdominal aorta, complete lower extremities, carotid arteries, renal arteries and transcranial arteries.
  14. Assist with the assessment and maintenance of the equipment log. Make service calls when needed in a timely manner, resolve the issue, and document in the appropriate log. The sonographer must notify director/manager of issue in a timely manner.
  15. Participate in the education and training of sonographer students, residents, medical students and fellows, providing instruction in the area of cardiovascular ultrasound procedures.
  16. Assess the need for LVO contrast and bubble studies during echocardiography studies; administer and properly document IV’s, LVO contrast and bubble studies when performed.

Qualifications

Required:

  • High School Diploma
  • Active ARDMS RDCS (AE)/CCI RCS certification within 90 days of hire
  • Active ARDMS RVT/CCI RVS certification within 90 days of hire
  • Current BLS Certification required
  • Maintain CME requirementsActive ARDMS RVT/CCI RVS certification within 90 days of hire

Preferred:

  • Graduate of a CAAHEP; JRC-DMS program in cardiac ultrasound.
  • Training or certification in IV and LVO contrast administration is preferred