Cardiac Sonographer – PER DIEM – Fountaingrove Cardiology and Petaluma Cardiology

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Position Title: Cardiac Sonographer
Clinic: Fountaingrove Cardiology and Petaluma Cardiology
Location: Santa Rosa and Petaluma, CA
Schedule: Per Diem; May be required to work Saturdays

Summary: Provides diagnostic cardiac imaging tests for patients.

Duties and Responsibilities (includes, but is not limited to the following):
• Performs echocardiograms utilizing ultrasound equipment (Philips iE33) in various modes and techniques to locate, evaluate, and record pertinent anatomical, pathological, and functional data. Performs Stress and Dobutamine Stress echos using Quinton Treadmill and monitoring system.
• Explains procedures to patients to assure cooperation and optimum test results.
• Obtains digital images as per the lab’s protocol and prepares a preliminary report (Synapse/Prosolv software) for cardiologists.
• Maintains equipment. Orders and stocks supplies.
• Maintains department records, reports and files. Keys test data and patient information into computer to maintain record of test results.
• Follows standard safety precautions and infectious disease policy using personal protective equipment as required. Keeps work area clean and safe.
• Perform quarterly Quality Improvement (QI) for ongoing echo lab accreditation. Attend required QI meetings and participate in committees as requested.

Education, Licensure and/or Certifications
• Current Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and/or Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) from the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
• Graduate of an accredited program for cardiac sonographers with current RDCS or RCS preferred.
• Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS).

• Minimum two years working as a cardiac sonographer.
• Cardiology experience is preferred.
• Additional vascular imaging skills preferred; RVT.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Familiar with electronic medical records systems, CPT and ICD codes.
• Critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment.
• Ability to perform adult transthoracic Echocardiograms, Stress Echos, Stress Doppler Echos, Dobutamine Stress Echos, Bubble studies, and AV Optimization studies.
• Knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy and physiology to pinpoint area of imaging.
• Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to establish a safe work environment.
• Skill in operating ultrasound equipment and software reporting systems.
• Skill in taking vital signs.
• Skill in maintaining records and recording test results.
• Skill in developing and maintaining department quality assurance.
• Ability to maintain quality control standards.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that may need to be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
• Involves standing and walking. Minimal bending, twisting, lifting and awkward postures.
• Requires proper body mechanics to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
• Requires normal visual acuity and hearing.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Scanning up to 8 patients per day, 1 to 1½ hours per patient.
• All scanning equipment is adjustable and ergonomically designed.
• No portable work.
• Possible exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, and other conditions common to a clinic environment.