Vascular Tech II

Associate's Degree
POSITION PURPOSE
Under general supervision and according to established procedures, conducts noninvasive vascular tests in order to provide data used by physicians in diagnosis and treatment of arterial and venous disorders. In doing so, sets up equipment, gathers pertinent information from patients, explains test procedures to patients and operates equipment. Observe patients during procedures and alerts supervisor, physicians and/or nursing personnel to abnormalities.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Interviews patients in order to gather and record pertinent personal and medical information, and perform physical examination of patients.
2. Obtains blood pressure, assessing peripheral pulse by (manual) palpitation and (instrument) Doppler auscultation, and inspecting color, temperature and overall integrity of limbs.
3. Explains test procedure(s) to patients and/or family members to allay fears and elicit cooperation. Instructs and/or assists patients in preparing for test procedures.
4. Determines appropriate positioning of patients and equipment in order to obtain graphic responses, and lifts and positions patients according to diagnostic procedure specified.
5. Operates specialized equipment including ocular phylethsymongraph, carotid phonoangiogram, and pulse volume recorder and impedance phlethsymograph to conduct non-invasive vascular tests.
6. Observes patients during procedures and notifies physicians and/or appropriate nursing personnel of any irregularities.
7. Mounts test graphs for physicians' review, interpretation, and evaluation.
8. Performs minor adjustments to testing equipment and notifies supervisor of serious malfunctions.
9. Maintains knowledge of current trends and techniques in the field by reading appropriate journals, and other literature and attending related seminars, conferences, etc.
Maintains good rapport and cooperative relationships. Approaches conflict in a constructive manner. Helps to identify problems, off solutions, and participates in their resolution.
Maintains the confidentiality of information acquired pertaining to patient, physicians, employees, and visitors to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Discusses patient and hospital information only among appropriate personnel in appropriately private places.
Behaves in accordance with the Mission, Vision, and Values of SJMHS.
Assumes responsibility for performance of job duties in the safest possible manner, to assure personal safety and that of coworkers, and to report all preventable hazards and unsafe practices immediately to management.
14. Provides quality patient care by considering age specific, developmental, and cultural needs through competent clinical practice. Demonstrates unit/area competencies.
OTHER FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Receives requests for procedures and arranges for patient testing by ensuring all necessary supplies and equipment are available to perform requested test.
2. Maintains equipment in a clean and proper working order and replenishes supplies as necessary.
3. Performs miscellaneous clerical duties such as answering telephones, scheduling appointments, filing records, preparing bills, and so forth.
Performs other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE
1. Requires Associate's Degree in Medical Technology, or completion of an accredited ultrasongrapher program.
2. 6-12 months related experience is preferred.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES
1. Knowledge of physical sciences including anatomy and physiology as normally acquired through completion of an accredited ultrasound program or allied health program.
2. Approximately 3-6 months on the job experience necessary in order to gain competency in techniques of vascular testing and equipment operation, and to gain knowledge of patient care techniques.
3. Interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate effectively with patients when allaying fears and eliciting cooperation, and to relay patient information to physicians and nursing personnel.
4. Analytical skills necessary in order to position patient to obtain best graphic responses and to recognize irregularities and notify appropriate personnel.
5. Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail for approximately 50% of work time when positioning patients, operating equipment, observing patient responses and recording patient information in patient charts.
6. Ability to walk and stand for approximately 50% of work time when administering tests, and to lift and position patients and equipment for approximately 10% of work time.
This document is intended to describe the generalized duties and responsibilities, the specialized job functions, and the essential requirements of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive statement of all supplemental duties, responsibilities, or non-essential requirements or reflect any accommodations made under the American's with Disability Act, the Michigan Handicapper's Act, or SJMHS's Return to Work Program

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