Special Procedure Technologist I (Cath Lab)
Prepares advanced catheterization and special lab equipment, to include coronary angioplasty balloons, coronary stents, coronary athrectomy devices, inflation devices and temporary pacemaker leads, permanent pacemaker leads, implantable pacemaker generators, implantable defibrillator devices, and intra-aortic balloon pumps. Applies knowledge of the use and care of neurovascular and peripheral vascular embolization devices including PVA particle emboli, spring coil emboli, and GDC; diagnostic and interventional guide wires and catheters; thermal dilution Swan Ganz catheters used in hemodynamic studies; nephrostomy/biliary drainage catheters and stents.
Ensures an informed patient consent form has been properly executed.
Performs all basic functions of scrub assistant; assists in collection of specimens.
Maintains sterile technique and assists physicians in procedures as requested; drapes patients for surgical procedures using accepted sterile technique; prepares patient’s skin for surgery.
Prepares angio suite for specific procedures, including table setup, instrument array, and supplies; opens sterile supplies and sets up for all procedures; maintains adequate aseptic supplies during procedures.
Assists in maintaining a correct count of all instruments, sutures and sponges during surgical procedures.
Sets up, calibrates, and operates computerized hemodynamic testing equipment to ensure accurate results during right heart studies and cardiac catheterizations.
Evaluates and analyzes results of hemodynamic studies.
Observes and monitors patient’s vital signs during procedures, including high risk patients undergoing complex procedures; uses judgment in selecting guidelines appropriate to changing patient conditions.
Terminates arterial and venous catheters and achieves homeostasis of puncture site utilizing both mechanical compression and subcutaneous homeostasis techniques.
Provides verbal and written documentation of procedures, medications administered, and other pertinent data regarding care rendered to a patient.
Provides information and support by explanation of patient care, diagnostic and/or interventional procedures to patient, family and other health care members.
Provides training and advice to students, staff, and physicians about procedures and equipment.
Initiates and terminates intravenous lines according to procedure.
of Cardiac Rhythm Management devices under surgical conditions using sterile techniques.
EDUCATION: Associate's degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school in specialty area preferred.
EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of special procedures or EP experience; or demonstrated competency in all areas of EP/Lab related experience.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current Arizona Certified Radiologic Technologist (CRT), American Registered Radiologic Technologist (ARRT), Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification required. For EP: Preferred Certification from the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners for Special Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Associated Professional. Additional certification may be required per department.