Slidell Memorial Hospital
The Ultrasound (US) Technologist is responsible for providing a variety of cross-sectional technical, diagnostic at a technical level that requires limited supervision. Able to perform routine US procedures including abdominal, obstetric, and gynecological. Able to operate US equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes under the direction of a radiologist. Positions patient on examining table and adjusts immobilization devices to obtain optimum views of specified area of body requested. Explains procedures to patients in order to reduce anxiety and obtain patient cooperation. Moves patient into position for imaging and adjusts equipment controls to optimize visualization. Practices, reviews and evaluates images providing the radiologist with image appropriate to the patient and satisfactory image quality required for diagnostic interpretation. Major Duties: Meets organizational expectations as defined by the Employee Standards of Performance, hospital and department policies and procedures, and hospital's strategic goals. Verbalizes a clear understanding of continuous quality improvement and customer satisfaction measures and actively participates in improvement initiatives. Performs routine assessments to ensure equipment is well maintained, operating in a safe work environment. Provides appropriate clinical information about the patient to the radiologist. Ensures that studies are being sent upon completion from modalities to the archive and to reading stations. Updates the Supervisor of any abnormal occurrences with patient's procedures, scheduling, preparation, transport, and transfer onto exam table and submits occurrences in Quantros when required. Is proactive to coordinates activities that require effort between nursing, imaging staff, physicians and/or radiologists. Communicates effectively with team members, physicians, and other healthcare providers. Ensures that information is disseminated and effectively communicated using business appropriate communication and following chain of command. Utilizes patient transfer devices for patient transfer form bed to stretcher, stretcher to exam table, etc. for patient and staff safety. Cooperatively educates and trains new staff technologists and/or student technologists. Effectively utilizes multiple computer-based technologies for order entry, document storage, charge entry, image storage, etc. Utilizes ultrasound soaking station for probe cleansing in accordance with department standards. Maintains quality control logs for ductless fume hood (GUS) in accordance with department standards. Properly screens patients for appropriate clinical information, completes pre-procedural questionnaire (history), consents and provides post-procedural education. Familiar with and properly utilizes protocols for National Patient Safety Goals and upholds those goals. (Patient identification, correct procedure/correct patient, site marking, timeout, etc.) Provides information to patient & family regarding ultrasound procedures. Completes examination and documentation specific to that exam in a timely manner (Critiques images, marks exam as reviewed, performs other processing). Maintains inventory of supplies and stocks area with appropriate supplies. Performs other duties as assigned or directed to ensure smooth operation of the organization. Education/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Required: Demonstrates skills sufficient to successfully function within the position as an ultrasound technologist and can utilize multiple computer-based software applications. Graduate of accredited school and registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasonographers (ARDMS). Certified in CPR (Healthcare Provider). Clinical experience or training. 2 years previous experience in Ultrasound imaging. Previous experience or demonstrated competency with all aspects of major duties. Licensure/Certification: Required: ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGIST I American Registry Diagnostic Medical Ultrasonographers (ARDMS) CPR (Healthcare Provider) ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGIST II American Registry Diagnostic Medical Ultrasonographers (ARDMS) with Vascular certification. CPR (Healthcare Provider) ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGIST III American Registry Diagnostic Medical Ultrasonographers (ARDMS) CPR (Healthcare Provider) with Vascular certification plus 3 other ARDMS certifications (OB-GYN, Abdomen, Neuro, Breast, or Fetal).