This position includes routine and stat non-invasive vascular testing on inpatients and outpatients. The incumbent must have good interpersonal skills, and experience in cerebrovascular, arterial, and venous evaluations. Performs a full range of clinically acceptable vascular procedures and establishes a preliminary report on all patients. This position is located in the Vascular Lab, within Surgical Service, at the Jesse Brown VAMC. Must be a Registered Vascular technician (RVT). MAJOR DUTIES: Performs clinical assessment and diagnostic vascular laboratory examinations. Use cognitive sonographic skills to identify and record appropriate anatomical, pathological, and diagnostic images. Coordinates work schedule with supervisor to assure workload coverage Responsible for the safety, mental and physical comfort of the patient while in the technologist's care. Maintains a daily log of patients seen. Maintains ultrasound equipment and work areas and maintains adequate supplies. Thoroughly decontaminates exam room and equipment after each patient using equipment specific recommended supplies and technique. Assist with the maintenance of laboratory accreditation via ICAVL. Establishes and maintains ethical working relationships and good rapport with all interrelating hospital, referral or commercial agencies. Performs other work-related duties as assigned. OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES Prepares patients for examinations and explains procedures to patients. Assess the patient and correlate the clinical history with the test to be performed. Consults supervisor when necessary to determine appropriate vascular lab procedures. Consults with referring care provider and /or patient chart regarding patient's history when necessary. Performs the following procedures: cerebrovascular, peripheral vascular and abdominal duplex, segmental blood pressures, exercise testing and physiology evaluations, preoperative dialysis mapping, and dialysis access duplex studies. Operates complex ultrasound equipment, recorders and other patient assessment equipment pertinent to department needs. Selects appropriate equipment and transducer frequency/size for proper examination. Recognizes the significance of all structures visualized on the monitor and is able to differentiate normal from abnormal and recognize artifacts. Understands when to seek advice. Ability to provide Doppler information of peripheral vessels; demonstrate characteristic differences related to the organs they supply; accurately quantify carotid artery stenoses; and identify and correlate specific waveform analysis, plethysmographic tracings, velocity changes, and pressure gradients characteristic of normal, obstructed, or occluded vessels or grafts Recognizes the limitations of electronic equipment. Follows protocols and is able to deviate from normal techniques when clinically necessary. Provides technical support and ultrasound guidance for surgical procedures. Reviews pathology, surgical, angiography, CT and MRI/A reports to follow patient's progress and to provide a means of reviewing the accuracy of the vascular laboratory examinations. Prepares a summary of technical findings and reviews findings with technical director/chief technologist and/or interpreting MD. Relays preliminary findings and/or final reports to proper referring physicians or department according to laboratory policy Participates in preparation and presentation of quarterly QA meetings. Keeps up-to-date in the field of ultrasound and vascular technology by reading and/or attending conferences or symposia. Assists in the evaluation of new products and equipment for the vascular lab, in research, develop and formulation of new techniques for vascular lab. Assists in orientation of new staff members and students. Work Schedule: 8am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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