The Cardiac Ultrasound (ECHO) independently performs all ultrasound exams per his/her registries. The cardiovascular ultrasound procedures may be performed on patients that range from neonate through gerontology age. The Cardiac Ultrasound (ECHO) takes ownership of the department and work areas as well as assists physicians and hospital staff when necessary. The Cardiac Ultrasound (ECHO) also participates in the AdventHealth performance improvement program and performs additional duties as requested. Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintaining relationships that are equally respectful to all.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Quality: Performs ultrasound exams per registry in accordance with established and accepted industry-wide published guidelines, as well as within the CVUS departmental protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s). Utilizes knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to Cardiovascular Ultrasound. Utilizes knowledge of ultrasonic physics. Optimizes all ultrasound images with utilization of the Ultrasound System capabilities.
Effective and Efficient Care: Completes exams in a timely manner. Works as a team member to provide the best patient care. Explains exams to patients in a way they can understand. Offers additional assistance to patients as warranted. Fulfills required scheduled call duty assignments and responds to facility and starts exam within 60 minutes of notification.
Assessment: Accesses all available pertinent patient information as it pertains to the exam ordered including, but not limited to, exam appropriateness, progress notes and/or consults found in patient’s chart, patient history, previous diagnostic exam images and/or reports, documented signs and symptoms for exam. Adapts all exams to each patient’s medical situation obtaining all available necessary information for proper interpretation. Performs ongoing monitoring of the patient while their ultrasound exam is in progress.
Documentation: Accurately documents pertinent information to aid in exam interpretation by reading physician. Completes task list and enters charges as necessary. Documents communication with hospital staff and physicians as it pertains to exam.
Safety: Maintains patient confidentiality. Ensures performing exam on correct patient by following the two patient identifiers of name and date of birth. Follows hospital Infection Prevention and Hand Washing policies and procedures. Utilizes appropriate PPE during cleaning and high-level disinfection of trans-esophageal echocardiogram (TEE) transducers.
Communication: Follows AdventHealth Compassion Behaviors and Image Standards. Communicates and collaborates with multidisciplinary teams. Keeps lead sonographer, supervisor and manager informed and seeks assistance from appropriate individuals when confronted with complicated procedures to ensure safe and effective patient care. Receives instructions and guidance from the lead sonographer, supervisor and manager and is compliant with special requests as situations dictate. Attends all mandatory department meetings.
Process Improvement: Supports and assists with data collection for process improvement while understanding the department performance trends and established standards. Participates in department PI and survey-based action planning and patient satisfaction initiatives.
Professional Growth: Learns new clinical skills as the department needs and demands change.Provides documentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) when asked. Participates in aiding fellow sonographers, students, and interns through direction and teaching.
Performs additional duties as assigned or directed to ensure the smooth operation of the department.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
Basic ECG knowledge
Ability to use independent judgment, ingenuity and initiative
Basic Microsoft Outlook computer skills
Ability to function independently with little or no supervision
Ability to read, write legibly in English and perform basic mathematics skills
Ability to communicate effectively
Ability to meet deadlines
Ability to treat patients with age appropriateness
Based upon registry credentials, ability to adequately perform sonographic exams as written in AdventHealth published cardiovascular protocols
Ability to utilize the measurement package on the ultrasound systems and optimize all acquired diagnostic images
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS PREFERRED:
Cerner electronic medical records
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE PREFERRED:
Two years of experience in a hospital cardiovascular ultrasound department
Transcranial Doppler (TCD) exam experience
Experience with Philips Ultrasound systems
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION REQUIRED:
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