City
 
Date Posted
11 / 17 / 2020
Grade
18
Hours Required
40 Hours
Department
Invasive Cardiology
Schedule
Full-Time
Education
Bachelor's Degree Required
Location
Mount Auburn Hospital - Cambridge, MA

Catheterization Tech

Mount Auburn Hospital - Cambridge, MA

Description:

About Mount Auburn Hospital

Mount Auburn Hospital is a 217-bed teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and is located in Cambridge, MA.  Founded in 1886, the hospital is dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare to the residents of surrounding nearby communities.  Mount Auburn Hospital is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new healthcare system in Boston, MA and surrounding areas. 

Cath Lab / EP Lab Department Description

The Invasive Cardiology Department at Mount Auburn Hospital is comprised of the Cardiac  Catheterization  (Cath Lab) and the Electrophysiology Lab (EP Lab).  The department offers comprehensive diagnostic and interventional procedures to our patients.  The clinical staff is comprised of a mixture of registered nurses, cardiovascular technologists, and radiologic technologists.  The department is comprised of two Cath Labs, one EP Lab, and a six bed holding room for pre- and post-procedure care.  Additionally, Cath/EP Lab staff work collaboratively with the cardiac surgery team in the hybrid CVOR to care for patients undergoing TAVR procedure.  Invasive Cardiology staff is cross-trained to care for patients in all of the areas listed above. 

General Expectations

  1. Provides competent compassionate care based on scientific principles
  2. Cares for patients undergoing invasive and non-invasive procedures in the Department(s):  Cath Lab, Electrophysiology Lab, and CVOR (Cardiovascular Operating Room)
  3. Monitors both invasive and non-invasive hemodynamics during procedures and reports changes to the primary nurse and/or attending physician. 
  4. Recognizes changes in patient status and reports to primary nurse and/or attending physician
  5. Provides necessary interventions to/for the patient as allowed by state regulations and by the direction of the attending physician.
  6. Acquires/maintains competency in radiation safety principles
  7. Acquires/maintains competency in specialized Interventional Cardiology equipment
  8. Collaborates with physicians, registered nurses, other technologists, and perfusionists regarding individualized patient plan of care
  9. Ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment
  10. Good interpersonal and communication skills
  11. Acquires/maintains competency in use of the electronic medical record
  12. Performs all other duties as assigned
  13. Collaborates with various departments to ensure continuity of care:  Emergency Department, SICU/MICU, CVOR, Perfusion, Echo Lab, Anesthesia, PACU, etc.

Cath Lab Duties

  1. Acquires/maintains competency in all diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization procedures done at Mount Auburn Hospital.
  2. Acquires/maintains competency in hemodynamic interpretation
  3. Acquires/maintains competency in various procedure room roles as needed for the department (circulating, monitoring, and/or scrubbing)
  4. Available to be on-call on a rotating basis as assigned by the department needs.  On-call response time is 30 minutes or less.
  5. Acquires/maintains competency in resuscitation teamwork
  6. Acquires/maintains competency in the care of mechanical circulatory support patients (IABP, Impella, and ECMO)

EP (Electrophysiology) Lab Duties

  1. Acquires/maintains competency in all diagnostic and interventional EP procedures done at Mount Auburn Hospital.
  2. Acquires/maintains competency in cardiac pacing, defibrillation, mapping, and ablating for EP procedures
  3. Acquires/maintains competency in various procedure room roles as needed for the department (circulating, monitoring, and/or scrubbing)
  4. Applies principles for maintaining electrically safe environment for the patient and the healthcare team
  5. Differentiates the origin and route of conduction of tachycardia-related and bradycardia-related arrhythmias based on interpretation of intracardiac and surface leads
  6. Acquires/maintains competency in the set-up and operation of the ablation generator system

CVOR (Cardiovascular Operating Room) Duties

  1. Performs duties as needed for the care of TAVR patients in the CVOR
  2. Collaborates with CVOR and Perfusion staff for continuity of care

Requirements:

Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in health-related field required
  2. Current BLS required
  3. Current ACLS preferred
  4. Radiologic technologist (RT-R), Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS), or Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) highly preferred
  5. Available for on-call shifts
  6. Available for flexible dayshifts per department needs between the hours of 0630 and 1730 (mix of 8, 9, or 10-hour shifts may be utilized)
  7. On-call requirement:  1-2 nights/week in addition to every 4th weekend for all full-time and part-time staff or per departmental needs
  8. Holidays per rotation

 

Working Conditions:

  1. Ability to tolerate long periods of time bending, pushing, pulling, reaching above the shoulder/head, wearing protective lead aprons, lifting up to 49 pounds, moving about the department, grasping, good eye-hand coordination, fine hand manipulation, use of hand controls, and/or typing less than 40 words/minute more than 75% of the time
  2. Exposure to radiation, infectious diseases, blood and/or bodily fluids, chemicals, hazardous materials, and routine use of “sharps” more than 75% of the time.
  3. Ability to hear conversation, comprehend, and communicate effectively in both spoken and written English language more than 75% of the time
  4. Ability to wear protective equipment such as gloves, masks, caps, gowns, eye protection, and lead aprons more than 75% of the time.
  5. Ability to work and move about in confined spaces.
  6. Ability to set-up and maintain Operating Room level sterile fields and maintain sterile technique during all procedures 100% of the time
  7. Ability to perform visual concentration of video displays, patient monitors, and electronic medical record more than 75% of the time