Cath Lab Tech

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Clinton, MD

About the Job

  • Job Summary
    • Assists physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular disease and cardiac arrhythmia's in the Cath/Angio/EP Lab specializing in the care of patients undergoing PTCA, stent placement, IABP placement and EP devices and ablations.  With increased experience provides resource and mentoring to new staff while exhibiting enhanced technical skills.
  • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education/Experience
      • High School Diploma/GED
      • Graduate of an Accredited Radiological Technology college
      • Minimum of 2 years recent cath lab experience
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    • License/Certification/Registration
      • Requires AART RT (CI) certification
      • Must possess and maintain current state registration/certification as a Radiologic Technologist
      • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support
      • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support
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    • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
      • Ability to comprehend and follow the policies and procedures for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.
      • Ability to read, write and speak or communicate in English to successfully accomplish the essential duties of the position.
      • Ability to demonstrate ethical behavior that supports the hospital’s mission, values and commitment to compliance with all federal, state and regulatory laws.  Inspires trust and exhibits honesty and integrity within the scope of daily activities.
      • Exhibits professionalism, courtesy and excellent customer service, while interacting with patients, guests and co-workers.
      • Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
      • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality.
      • Demonstrates the ability to perform, instruct, and troubleshoot technical skills.
      • Demonstrates knowledge of and competently performs peripheral post processing of film.
      • Ability to educate the patient of procedure expectations before, during and after the procedure in a professional manner.  Instruct the patient of post-catherization limitations and restrictions.
      • Demonstrates ability to mentor new technologists while maintaining high standards of patient care, documentation, and professionalism.
      • Demonstrates knowledge regarding location, use, and troubleshooting of complex technical equipment/instruments such as Millar catheter, Rotoblator, Laser, Angiojet, portable x-ray, radial/brachial setup, coils, Nitric Oxide, peripheral interventions including carotid stenting and balloon valvuloplasty.  EP procedure troubleshooting of complex equipment including Carto mapping, ESI mapping, and Acuson Intra-Cardiac Echo (ICE) as applicable.
      • Demonstrates knowledge of and calculates valvular areas on the hemodynamic monitoring system.
      • Demonstrates knowledge of and technical skill to problem solve x-ray and hemodynamic monitoring equipment.
  • Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    • The Cardiac Cath/EP/Angio technologist assists physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular disease in an invasive procedure arena, specializing in the care of patients undergoing:
      • Basic and complex diagnostic catheterization procedures on adult patients with known and suspected congenital and acquired cardiac and peripheral vascular disease.  Complex diagnostic procedures may include valvular, congenital defects, pulmonary involvement, radial, brachial and neck approaches, O.R.Portable procedures, and any research protocols.
      • Basic and complex interventional procedures which may include PTCA, stents, IABP placement and operation, Rotoblator, Laser, thrombolysis procedures (Angiojet), valvuloplasties, coils, peripheral and congenital interventions.
      • Basic and complex angiography procedures which may include PTCA, stents, embolization, biopsies, drain placement, coils, radiofrequency ablation, cryo-ablation, and peripheral interventions.
      • Basic and complex electrophysiological procedures which may include EP studies, implantation of pacemaker, ICD, BIV, ICD and atrial/ventricular ablation.
      • Operation of the physiologic and radiographic equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
      • Maintain high standards to achieve quality patient care.
      • Cross-training to all labs (Angiography, Cardiac Cath and Electrophysiology as applicable) is mandatory.
      • Performs patient care procedures that require additional skill and training with competency such as sheath removal including IABP, Temp pacer and CV lines.
      • Performs in the role of data entry, generating accurate cath reports from diagnostic or interventional procedures.
      • Assist in the orientation of employees and students as requested by management.
      • Patient transportation, good communication and evaluation of patient status during the procedure, provide age and gender specific care, prep access site according to lab standard practice, and perform EKG lead placement, blood pressure and pulse oximetry setup for hemodynamic monitoring.
      • Procedural requirements:  Room preparation and breakdown to include fluid preparation with accurate contrast concentrations, stocking rooms, narcotic counts, daily QC checks, radiographic, hemodynamic and computer setup, and room cleanup.  Prepare sterile procedure tray and patient sterile field appropriately for specified procedure type.
      • Observe occupational and radiation safety regulations (wearing badges, lead aprons, goggles, and gloves).
      • Acquire and accurately document pertinent patient data on encounter form and enter into hemodynamic and x-ray systems.
      • Function in all roles rotating during the day as defined:
        • Room circulator - patient interaction, monitoring/vital signs and procedural documentation, setup equipment such as IABP, power injector, temporary pacer, biopsy, and sterile equipment/catheters/balloons/wires handoffs, running blood oximetry for cardiac output; assist physician with EP Diagnostic and Mapping systems which includes Carto, EPMed and ESI as applicable.
        • Scrub - maintains sterile procedure, infectious control, observe all fluid patency of catheters, balloons and manifolds, assist according to physician direction.
        • Monitor - functions in the control room operating the x-ray equipment and hemodynamic monitoring equipment, reporting EKG, blood pressure, heart rate, pulse ox changes, recording hemodynamic pressures accordingly, scan pertinent patient and procedural information into hemodynamic system, assist with x-ray equipment and transfer images to digital archive.
      • Performs other duties as assigned by the Manager of the cath lab.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.