GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
Under the general direction of the Technical Director of the Vascular Center Lab, the vascular technologist will serve as a clinical expert for medical and nursing staff who are seeking diagnostic studies in the Vascular Center Lab. He/she will manage any difficulties they may encounter in the process of ordering vascular lab studies and work closely with Senior Technologist and Technical Director to resolve such difficulties.
Reports to the Technical Director and in his /her absence, Senior Vascular Technologist. The incumbent provides technical expertise and patient care aspects of the vascular laboratory in a responsible, compassionate and qualified manner. Is responsible for the test results, preparation of data, preliminary report writing and transmission of said data to physician and reporting software.
Operates ultrasonic equipment and performs diagnostic procedures such as carotid, venous, abdominal visceral, transcranial or arterial ultrasounds, which require the application of ultrasonic technology; performs physiologic exam of the arterial and venous systems including plethysmography, the use of treadmill; maintains pertinent records and statistical data.
Participates in the application of studies as they relate to research protocols and communicates with Senior Technologists about protocols related to such research studies
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintains optimal quality assurance in all aspects of patient care testing
In conjunction with Senior Technologists and the Technical Director, makes certain that appropriate indications are present for the testing procedures ordered.
Follows policies set forth by lab leadership and Medical Director to provide optimal test accuracy.
Obtains brief history and relevant patient history, physical examination and reasons for the testing to be performed, records these data and determines the appropriate testing to be performed. Reviews patient history and other supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results
Explains procedures to patients to assure cooperation and optimum test results; positions patient.
Conducts scanning procedures using ultrasound equipment; moves scanner over specified body area; ensures digital images obtained and sent to PACS per IAC (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories) protocol and Laboratory policies and procedures
Selects appropriate transducer to optimize visualization, depending on depth of field, vessels to be identified, etc. Adjusts equipment to focus, positions patient to optimize testing results.
Follows the protocol set up for each test procedure. Performs arterial, venous, carotid, abdominal visceral and transcranial tests according to established laboratory protocols; ensures safety and care of patients undergoing testing.
Utilizes PACS image capture and transfer for examinations per lab protocol.
Under general supervision and following Lab protocols and policy, compiles, assembles and records patient data, writes preliminary reports and provides this information to physician in a timely fashion.
Assembles all necessary information and data for reviewing MD.
Reschedules test if necessary if technical problems preclude adequate performance of test.
Works with the Technical Director and senior staff to maintain equipment. Participates in routine care, maintenance and calibration of lab equipment.
Explains testing modalities to patients, families and other health team members as appropriate to assure cooperation and achieving of optimum test results.
Involved in research projects, as directed.
Possess a global awareness of the daily schedule both for the individual as well as the entire staff.
Performs new techniques and/or routines as necessitated by technological advances/changes or laboratory focus.
Participates in on-the-job training and orientation for staff, students and Fellows as assigned.
Maintains a clean work area (i.e. clean laundry bags, counters, cabinets, machines, etc.)
Participates in the preparation for the accreditation process under the direction of the Senior Technologist's and Technical Director.
Participates in any function deemed necessary for the smooth function of the laboratory. This includes, but is not limited to, answering the telephone, photocopying, providing transport of patients as needed for comfort, safety or timely service, moving of equipment, stocking of supplies, unpacking and putting away delivered supplies, etc.
Implements precaution techniques, sterile techniques, etc. as needed.
Minimum of college undergraduate degree or related experience and has completed an accredited ultrasound program or equivalent. Training
Orientation to the MGH Vascular Center Lab consisting of six months to one year of mentoring by a designated senior staff member. The technologist then must complete a competency-based evaluation, which includes but is not limited to arterial, venous, abdominal visceral and cerebrovascular (extra cranial and intracranial) testing.
Obtain instruction and supervision as necessary when implementing vascular technology.
Maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills based on current vascular technology and health care practices.
Adheres to requirements for mandatory continuing education and certification in the field of vascular technology.
Identifies personal learning needs and goals and develops a plan to meet them.
Maintains and develops professional practice through continuing educational programs and appropriate learning experiences.
Possess a registered vascular technologist (RVT) credential.
Must be certified by the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers) as an RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist), an RVS (Registered Vascular Sonographer) or obtain this credential within one year of employment.
Related diagnostic ultrasound experience, either from past employment or training program
Possess BLS certification
Knowledge of vascular anatomy, cross-sectional anatomy and physiology and medical terminology.
Knowledge of principles of ultrasound physics and multiple vascular technologies.
Knowledge of ultrasound imaging and equipment.
Knowledge of physiologic testing equipment.
Ability to assess medical history of patient, as well as patient concerns, and to determine any limitations/contraindications to testing.
Ability to recognize emergency situations and respond appropriately. Knowledge of locations of emergency equipment and procedures.
Knowledge of and practice of proper body mechanics.
Able to read and write English.
Knowledge of universal precautions.
Effective interpersonal and communications skills.
Attention to detail.
Ability to provide compassionate care to patients.
Ability to lift over 5 lbs.
Possesses knowledge of and practices proper body mechanics.
Must demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the principles of growth and development of patients of all age groups. Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the assigned unit.
Based on examinations findings, the ability to recognize, identify, interpret and document normal and abnormal anatomic structures, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology.
Makes every effort to answer the clinical question asked, rather than just documenting number and pictures on digital images
Ability to question effectively to obtain pertinent medical information.
Is knowledgeable and compliant in all hospital, State and Federal regulatory requirements, including hospital policy and procedures (where applicable to the performance of the job), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).