Slidell Memorial Hospital
Slidell Memorial celebrated its 58th anniversary in November 2017, Slidell Memorial Hospital has received several awards that recognize our commitment to compassionate care and a patient-centered culture. As a 229-bed acute care community hospital located in the heart of Slidell, La., they provide access to the latest treatments, technology, and expert physicians. In 2016, Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Health System celebrated the formation of a long-term, strategic partnership focused on the continuation of high quality care, cost reduction through coordinating and improving resources, and increased local access to care for the residents of the Slidell community.
In collaboration with staff radiologists, this job independently performs advanced diagnostic ultrasound procedures in accordance with prescribed safety procedures and protocols. This job is a clinical mentor for junior staff and students.*The Ultrasound (US) technologist is responsible for providing a variety of cross-sectional technical, diagnostic and interventional images at a technical level that does not require constant supervision. They perform routine US procedures including abdominal, obstetric, gynecological, neuro, and vascular. *They operate US equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes under direction of a radiologist or other physician and assist them in the performance of procedures. 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 to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
HOSPITAL AND OUTPATIENT IMAGING CENTER
Meets organizational expectations as defined by the Employee Standards of Performance, hospital and department policies and procedures, and the hospitals 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 Imaging Supervisor of any abnormal occurrences with patients 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.
Has working knowledge of tubing, IVs, catheters in order appropriately mange patient and procedure in a safe manner.
Works in a customer service oriented fashion with SMH customers to provide access to images/results.
Maintains up-to-date working knowledge of all US systems.
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.
Produces high quality US procedures adhering to established procedure protocols and/or physician instructions.
Selects transducer and adjusts equipment controls according to organ to be examined, depth of field, and other specifications of test.
Safely operates equipment.
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 (discharge instructions).
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.
Assists physicians with image guidance of biopsy (Core, FNA and Stereotactic), abscess drainage, paracentesis, and thoracentesis procedures.
Provides general nursing care to patients so that basic medical and comfort needs are satisfied.
Able to perform portable scans and function proficiently in a variety of environments including but not limited to the Emergency Room, Operating Room, Nursery, Labor &Delivery and all Intensive Care Units.
Performs ultrasound imaging following appropriate precautions and techniques according to isolation type.
Demonstrates competency to perform neuro imaging of neonates.
Demonstrates competency to perform pre-surgical vein mapping.
Required: Graduate of accredited school and registered or is registry eligible by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasonographers (ARDMS). Certified in CPR (Healthcare Provider). See also licensure/certification.
Preferred: Same as above.
Preferred: Clinical experience or training. 2-5 years previous experience in Ultrasound imaging.
Physical and Environmental Demands:
The physical essential functions of this job include (but are not limited to) the following: Frequently exerting 10 to 20 pounds of force to move objects; occasionally exerting up to 100 pounds of force. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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