The incumbent shall function as the Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT) (Interventional Radiology (IR) in Cath lab/ Electrophysiology lab areas and is responsible for the operation of highly complex equipment. The technician must use independent judgment in applying knowledge of clinical cardiology and proficiency to operate and maintain equipment. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT TO ENSURE ALL REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED. If you ARE a current, permanent VA or Federal employee, you should apply using announcement: CBST-11298004-22-HAC. The incumbent must possess knowledge and abilities to perform high quality diagnostic procedures in accordance with policies and procedures defining preparation of radiological equipment, physiological monitoring, and related equipment and devices used in this area. The incumbent must also have thorough understanding of cardiac anatomy and physiology with advance knowledge of cardiac hemodynamic wave forms, sterile technique, scrub, monitor, and circulator roles and be able to anticipate all aspects of cardiac catheterization, and electrophysiology procedures. The DRT Cardiac Cath Lab/Electrophysiology Lab must be able to intervene in emergency situations, including activating hospital code policy. The DRT will also participate in the development and implementation of performance improvement monitors to support activities to improve the overall quality of care delivery. The technician records and interprets the results of invasive/interventional procedures and presents technological equipment recommendations or possible troubleshooting skills to the attending Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist. Duties include, but are not limited to: Duties include, but are not limited to: Supports physicians or medical professionals in using diagnostic instruments, equipment, and accessories. Sets up equipment and supplies pre-procedure, calibrates, troubleshoots, and cleans all lab equipment according to manufacturer instructions and infection control requirements. Promptly removes, reports broken malfunctioning or missing supplies or equipment or the need for special equipment and replenishment of supplies to appropriate personnel. Scrubs in on cardiac catheterizations procedures including interventional procedures and electrophysiology procedures including devices and ablations. Assists with closure devices and performs removal of both arterial and venous sheaths by maintaining pressure until hemostasis is achieved. Assures that all Radiation safety rules and regulations are observed to safeguard patients, operator, and fellow employees against unnecessary radiation. Performs electrocardiograms (EKGs). Records all hemodynamic data during right and left catheterization including coronary angiograms. Processes and edits all studies or other recording media as assigned. Locates and assembles equipment needed for all cardiac/electrophysiology procedures. Recognizes abnormalities and brings them to the attention of the appropriate physician. Maintains specialized supplies pertaining to the equipment and instruments used in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Electrophysiology Lab. Assists with radiographic procedures and operation of C-arm including preparation and administration of contrast media and picture archiving. Assists with electrophysiology mapping and measuring of EKGs. Pre-cleans Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as outlined in the standard operating procedure for the specific model. Maintains competency for all applicable reusable medical equipment Assists in education of patients and families regarding procedures and post-catheterization care. Incumbent has other duties with-in the department related to and/or doing procedures. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM with rotating On-Call 24/7 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Interventional Radiology)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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