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Endovascular Special Procedures Technologist I

Job Ref: 24482

Talent Area: Imaging Services

Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX 77030

Area/Department: Radiology Endovasclr

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Part-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research. Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006.  Houston Methodist directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 73 operating rooms and over 5,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

Job Summary

Responsible for performing highly specialized radiological imaging procedures involving complex imaging equipment and other specialized equipment. Must have knowledge of techniques to produce high quality medical images that will be used to diagnose anatomical abnormalities and planning for immediate treatment , or to determine the future medical treatment of patients. The technologist is self motivated to increase level of understanding and knowledge of the field, diseases and new procedures as they evolve, and maintains a high standard of medical ethics at all times.

 Not applicable
 Neonate (Birth to 28 days)
 Infants/Toddlers (29 days to 18 months)
 Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
 Preschooler (3-6 years)
 School Age (6-12 years)
 Adolescence (12-18 years)
 Young Adult (19-40 Years)
 Middle Adult (40-65 Years)
 Mature Adult (65 years and older)

System and department specific ICARE values

INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

PEOPLE (30%)
1. Assists the physician during invasive imaging and treatment procedures including: (EF)
a. scrubbing to provide direct assistance during vascular access, including assistance with wire, catheter, balloon, stent, and other diagnostic and treatment devices
b. administration of opaque contrast media via catheter or direct injection under the direction of a physician
c. Image review and manipulation, selection of appropriate exam sets, and filming and appropriate labeling and archiving of pertinent acquired images

2. Assumes care for the physical and physiological needs of the patient during special procedures, assists in code blue procedures, knows CPR and ACLS. (EF)
3. Works cooperatively and willingly as part of the team to maintain a work environment that promotes mutual respect, professionalism, collaboration, employee satisfaction, and an excellent patient experience. (EF)
4. Consistently demonstrates ICARE values. (EF)
5. Provides emotional support to patient through demonstrating empathy.
6. Provides patient teaching based on the procedure the patient is having.

1. Completes all appropriate forms required to begin and end any special procedure including anatomical diagrams, any physiological monitoring, and procedural and supply charges accurately to document the procedure. (EF).
2. Follows the process for borrowing supplies from other departments that includes informing the materials coordinators of supplies that need to be moved into our asset inventory for appropriate charge capture through our billing process. (EF)
3. Maintains supplies in the room assigned.

1. Provides radiation protection to patients in accordance with prescribed radiation safety standards; uses collimation, patient radiation protection, and immobilization. (EF)
2. Is familiar with and uses ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principles to maximize image quality and minimize patient radiation exposure.(EF)
3. Maintains proper sterile techniques for procedures and backtable preparation. (EF)
4. Consistently practices aseptic techniques, and strictly obeys isolation and infection control procedures. (EF)
5. Responsible for the monitoring of all special procedures equipment such as but not limited to single plane C-arm, bi-plane C-arm, Hybrid OR imaging equipment, angiographic injectors, EP mapping systems, ultrasound, intravascular ultrasound, athrectomy devices, rotoblators, laser, and hemodynamic monitoring equipment . Must demonstrate the ability to perform simple troubleshooting and resolution of issue, as well as report equipment malfunction to hospital Bio-medical department or vendor uptime for timely resolution or repair. (EF).
6. Cleans and disinfects equipment after every patient use.
7. Straightens, cleans, and disinfects the equipment and room after every patient use to meet infection control standards, and makes sure the room is restaged and resupplied prior to leaving a shift to enhance efficiencies in processes of patient throughput and supply ordering and stocking.
8. Must demonstrate reliability when on-call, back up call, or standby and must maintain appropriate proximity and availability to the hospital and department; must report to work within defined time frame to support and perform duties related to cases that are urgent, emergent, or necessary outside of normal departmental posted business hours.
9. Follows all current policies and procedures to maintain a safe working environment for patients, other team members, and oneself.
10. Follows all infection control guidelines including universal blood and body fluid precautions.

1. Can work independently in one or more special procedures areas. This includes, but is not limited to: (EF)
a. Proper positioning of patient
b. Knowing and understanding related anatomy and physiology
c. Knowledge of procedures and proper patient preparation
d. Experience in angiographical equipment operations including single and bi-plane equipment as well as contrast injectors
e. Ability to acquire high quality images for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment of patients medical conditions, this includes the use of Dyna CT to create 3D volumetric imaging for complex treatment planning and execution.
f. Ability to accurately post process and archive images including: selection of images for documentation of diagnostic and treatment outcomes, optimizing the radiographic pictures to create a clear image defining the physiological status of the patients condition, and identification and labeling of complex anatomies.
2. Participates in hospital quality programs including but not limited to: (EF)
a. Service Pride
c. ICARE values

1. Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications and participating in professional organizations.

This position description is not intended to be all inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Houston Methodist Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

 High school diploma or GED equivalency
 Associate of Applied Science strongly preferred; will accept successful completion of JCERT accredited certificate in radiography program with a minimum of one additional years experience.
 Completion of AMA approved radiologic technology program and certified in  radiologic technology by a nationally recognized certifying body (ARRT)

 One year experience as a diagnostic radiologic technologist
 Must demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of the job within the first three months of employment
 Must be able to take call independently within the first 6 months of employ

 ARRT (American Registry of Radiology Technologists)
 Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS)
 Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)
Certified Medical Radiologic Technologist, Texas Department of Health

 Strong interpersonal skills.
 Must be able to work willingly and independently with minimal direction from management.
 Ability to work under pressure and balance many competing priorities.
 Demonstrates effective communication skills with good follow through to completion of task
 Maintains a positive and supportive attitude and demeanor.
 Professional handling of exposure to confidential/sensitive information.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

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