- Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Harborview Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time, temporary CARDIAC SONOGRAPHER 2. Under general supervision the Cardiac Sonographer 2 will perform, analyze, and interpret comprehensive, complex diagnostic cardiac ultrasound procedures such as transthoracic echo (TEE), dobutamine stress echo (DSE), treadmill echo (TME), and assist physicians with lab-based or transesophageal echo (TEE) procedures on patients referred for evaluation of suspected or known heart disease, post-operative evaluation of surgical therapy, or placement of cardiac prosthetic devices. They will also tailor examination as necessary to provide accurate representation of cardiac anatomy and pathology as determined throughout examination; monitor patient’s vital signs and condition during examination; and initiate or perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if necessary. In addition, the Cardiac Sonographer will train ultrasound students from CAAHEP-accredited ultrasound programs and fellows from the UWMC cardiology fellowship program; and maintain certification and current knowledge in the field.
Perform initial physical assessment of patient, including blood pressure, auscultation, and recording cardiac medications
Using the lab’s cardiac ultrasound equipment, under general supervision acquire and edit multiple digital views and presentations representing each element of the lab’s protocol, to finally produce an appropriate collection of diagnostic images in the lab’s sequence that accurately documents any cardiac pathology present for TTE’s, DSE’s, and TME’s; and assist in TEE’s
Perform professional level, complex diagnostic cardiac ultrasound procedures independent of physician supervision
Determine diagnostic parameters as needed to acquire accurate images of cardiac anatomy, pathophysiological data, and blood flow analysis relative to patient’s clinical presentation, clinical history, and referral information
Have advanced responsibilities in the training of ultrasound students from CAAHEP-accredited ultrasound programs and fellows from the UWMC cardiology fellowship program
Perform accurate measurements and calculations on acquired images
Summarize and enter patient history into the final Echo report
Enter data accurately into the final Echo report
Prepare accurate and complete interpretations of all Echo data for the final Echo report, for approval by the Echo attending physician
Select representative images from the exam, and composes appropriate annotations for inclusion into the final Echo report
Navigate the Echo digital echo lab system: Call up and compare images and studies, copy images and entire studies to CD, print and/or FAX echo reports to any location
Participate in approved Echo lab research projects
Maintain certification and current knowledge in the field through journal subscriptions and course attendance
Attend and participate in weekly Echo lab staff meetings
Provide care consistent with professional practice standards, lab and HMC policies and procedures
Contribute to the professional development of peers, colleagues and others
Perform other related duties as required
Completion of a training program accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Current certification as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) in Adult Echocardiography by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)
One year of experience as Cardiac Sonographer 1
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