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Cardiovascular Technologist

Columbia, Maryland
Job Type
1 Aug 2022
Job Summary
  • Assists physician with routine to complex invasive diagnostic and therapeutic cardiovascular procedures, such as cardiac catheterization, cardiac and vascular percutaneous trans luminal angioplasties, structural heart, and other interventional procedures. Performs a variety of related ancillary support activities, and other duties as assigned.
  • High school degree or GED diploma is required, including completion of a Cardiovascular Technologist training program and/or related college level education in basic sciences. May require the use of specialized medical equipment (i.e., EEG, EKG, blood analyzer), or data processing equipment (i.e., tape drives, consoles).
  • In cardiovascular laboratory procedures, particularly as relates to cardiac and vascular interventional procedures preferred.

  • Certification as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) with Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or Registered Technologist in Cardiac-Interventional Radiography (R.T.(R) (CI)) is preferred but must be obtained within one year of employment. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification are required upon hire.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Work requires a high level of judgment to plan and perform the work and solve difficult job-related problems.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
  • Assists/scrubs in with physician routine to complex invasive diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac and vascular procedures. Prepares catheters, balloons, guiding wires, etc. to physician, as needed.
  • Prepares, cleans, and drapes appropriate site prior to invasive procedure, ensuring a sterile field according to Association of Operating Room Nurse (AORN) standards.
  • Enters patient data into the computer, connects electrocardiograph (EKG) and pulse oximeter monitors. Provides physical and psychological comfort to patients prior to, during, and post-procedure.
  • Monitors electrocardiograph (ECG), blood pressure and other hemodynamic parameters during procedure in the Cardiac Catherization Laboratory (CCL).
  • Assists with intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), other cardiac assist devices, and sets-up/removes arterial and venous lines, as needed in the CCL, CCU and ICU. Draws arterial blood gases (ABG) as requested by physician. Performs activated coagulation time tests to determine appropriate arterial/venous sheaths removal. Accompanies and monitors patient during transports. *
  • Prepares/cleans, arranges and stocks room/equipment for next procedure. Maintains and stocks inventory, such as catheters, defibrillators, monitors and temporary pacemakers. Provides monitors/external pacemakers to various locations within the hospital.
  • Document required data prior to, during and post-procedure and enters appropriate codes/charges/equipment used into computer for statistical/billing reports. *
  • Discharges/transports patients from procedure room. Communicates/instructs patient regarding post procedure site care instructions and precautions, as appropriate.
  • Provides patient's family/significant others with information related to procedures, according to departmental policy and procedures.
  • Participates/responds to post-cardiac catheterization site bleeding, hematomas, pain, loss of distal pulse, etc., as appropriate, and documents findings and resolution.
  • Participates in the orientation, training and in-service of other/new personnel, as defined by CCL manager and departmental educator.
  • Administers contrast at the direction of the physician while the physician is in the room directing the administration and dosage.
  • Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and business unit in community outreach efforts.
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary quality and service improvement teams.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.
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  • Job Reference: 673801549-2
  • Date Posted: 1 August 2022
  • Recruiter: MedStar Health
  • Location: Columbia, Maryland
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent