University of Louisville Physicians, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, is looking for echo techs to join our team. We have well-established outreach clinics in Kentucky where our echo techs work closely with our pediatric cardiologists, performing diagnostic cardiac ultrasound on patients during office visits. We are currently looking for two echo techs to fill PRN positions working 1 to 2 days per month at one or more of our outreach clinics, with the opportunity for additional days covering vacations, etc. and the possibility of a larger role with our team in the future.
The Pediatric Cardiology travel team offers rotating clinics in several rural Kentucky communities that otherwise would not have access to specialized care. The team meets at the Downtown Louisville location in the morning and travels together in a company vehicle to the designated clinics. Overnight trips occur once or twice a week depending on the distance traveled. All accommodations are provided.
Performs a variety of cardiac ultrasound procedures at a technical level that does not require direct supervision. Performs exams as requested by ordering physicians and under the guidelines set by the standards of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. The Pediatric Echo Tech determines and documents the presence, location, and severity or absence of cardiac disease, and provides a quantitative comparison for evaluation of the stability, improvement, and deterioration of cardiac disease
- Obtain and record patient identification.
- Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
- Prepare and position patients for testing.
- Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the echo machine to obtain a reading for timing of cardiac cycle, for measurement purposes
- Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
- Perform 2-dimensional, m-mode, color Doppler and pulsed wave/continuous Doppler echocardiograms on patients in our Pediatric Cardiology outpatient outreach offices.
- Recognize technical limitations of echo equipment and work to minimize artifacts and optimize images obtained.
- Recognize and provide detailed exams of specific heart defects during the study
- Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities
- Provide obtained measurements of 2-D, color Doppler & pulsed wave/continuous Doppler
- After physician interprets, type & chart report
- Clean, check and maintain cardiology equipment
- Performs direct and indirect administrative and service tasks necessary for the care of patients
- Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Must be a high school graduate with one of the following:
- Graduate of a sonography program or documented equivalent education, experience and training
- Participating in a sonography program with one year of training completed and eligible for graduation
- Must be registered with American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or CCI in [Adult or Pediatric Echocardiography] with completion of certification within one year of employment.
- Previous experience performing pediatric echocardiography procedures [and/or registered in Adult or Pediatric Echo] is preferred.
- Current Certification in Basic Life Support
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
- Understanding of the basic principles of ultrasound physics
- Knowledge of the indications for transthoracic echocardiography in pediatric
- Knowledge of common congenital heart defects and surgical interventions
- Knowledge of Doppler methods and their application for assessment of blood flow and prediction of intracardiac pressures
- Knowledge of the limitations of echocardiography and Doppler techniques
- Knowledge of standard acoustic windows and transducer positions
- Knowledge of image display and orientation used in pediatric echocardiography
- Ability to recognize normal and abnormal cardiovascular structures by 2-dimensional imaging and to correlate the cross-sectional images with anatomic structures
- Familiarity with standard echocardiographic methods of ventricular function assessment
- Familiarity with major developments in the field of noninvasive diagnostic imaging
- Perform work that requires frequent standing, bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling