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Pediatric Echocardiagrapher

Company: Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Location: South Hadley
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Under limited supervision, performs ECHO procedures and complex diagnostic ultrasound procedures under the supervision of a qualified physician for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Procedures include pediatric, neonatal, and transeseophageal. ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES CLINICAL PRACTICES Performs patient assessments. Acquires and analyzes data obtained using ultrasound and related diagnostic technologies. Provides a summary of findings to the physician to aid in patient diagnosis and management. Uses independent judgment and systematic problem solving methods to produce high quality diagnostic information and optimize patient care. Perform routine, complex, congenital defect guided and emergency echocardiograms, including but not limited to 2- dimensional, doppler, and transesophageal, as requested by physician and in accordance with standard practices; use aseptic technique. Operates equipment necessary to perform all required procedures and to obtain optimal diagnostic recordings; utilize ancillary devices such as selected transducers, audio- and video- recorders, computer systems, etc. Maintains confidentiality of patients, employees, and corporation-related activities. Maintains equipment in working order, making minor adjustments and repairs, performing routine cleaning and preventive maintenance; reports any equipment malfunction to department manager. Advises cardiologists of results of examination and provides preliminary diagnostic evaluation. QUALITY ASSURANCE Adheres to departmental policies and procedures, quality assurance programs, and safety standards. Utilizes all software and hardware systems which impacts overall department operations scorecard. Maintains equipment in working order, making minor adjustments and repairs, performing routine cleaning and preventive maintenance; reports any equipment malfunction to department manager. PATIENT EDUCATION Educates patient/family regarding echocardiography exam. Educates patient/family to explain the procedure and reduce anxiety and to obtain patient cooperation. DOUCMENTATION Analyzes patient's medical record to obtain history of symptoms and necessary information for performance of diagnostic procedures. Prepares patient records for review and interpretation by physician, including the selection, recording, cross-reference of significant or representative studies. Provides accurate documentation of patient care provided on appropriate forms, according to Connecticut Children's and department protocols. Demonstrates knowledge of the population-specific differences and needs of patients in appropriate, specific population from neonate through adolescence and applies them to practice. Demonstrates cultural sensitivity in all interactions with patients/families and co-workers. Demonstrates support for the mission, values and goals of the organization through behaviors that are consistent with the Connecticut Children's Standards. Associate degree with a focus in science required. Certification in either CCI or ARDMS for pediatric echocardiography is required. For recent graduates of pediatric sonographer school, certification in either CCI or ARDMS for pediatric echocardiography is required within 6 weeks of completion of the school. Associate's degree in Cardiovascular Technology. Registered with American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), or Cardiovascular Credentialing International. A minimum of 6 months scanning experience in pediatric. Echocardiography program or has worked as a pediatric sonographer in another hospital base facility. department protocols. KNOWLEDGE OF: Structure and Function of the Cardiovascular System. Including simple and complex congenital heart abnormalities. Cardiovascular principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment involved in the performance of all above- SKILLS: Demonstrated skills in Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation, Pathophysiology of PEDIATRIC Cardiovascular Disease, Therapeutic Measures, Two-Dimensional and M-mode Echocardiography, Cardiac Doppler and ABILITY TO: Perform Echocardiograms and other Cardiac ultrasound procedures. Accurately and clearly document the Echo procedure & results. Function as an efficient team member with the Physician & the Patient Understand the physical and psychological needs of the patient. Accept responsibility for accuracy of studies, continually striving to improve the quality through continuing education. Working knowledge of safety procedures as required. Work under moderate amounts of pressure for moderate lengths of time. Establish and maintain effective professional relationships with physicians, nurses, patients, students, and other employees, gaining their confidence and cooperation. Work flexible hours/days to meet the needs of patients and programs and services Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Keywords: Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Springfield , Pediatric Echocardiagrapher, Other , South Hadley, Massachusetts

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