Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 327-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.
Job Role Summary
The Echocardiography Technologist administers routine/stress echocardiograms on inpatients and outpatients, recognizing any abnormal/normal echo patterns by 2-Dimensional, M-Mode, or Doppler echographs.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Proactively contributes to Eskenazi Health's mission: Advocate, Care, Teach, and Serve with special emphasis on the vulnerable population of Marion County. Models Eskenazi Health values of Professionalism, Respect, Innovation, Development, and Excellence.
Assumes the responsibilities specified by the Technical Director and is responsible for the performance of clinical examinations and other tasks
Explains echocardiogram procedures and risk factors to patients
Responds promptly and efficiently to medical emergencies which may arise
Initiates and/or assists in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as assisting in code situations
Responsible for preparing final report and mailing to proper destination
Administers routine/stress echocardiograms on inpatients and outpatients, recognizing any abnormal/normal echo patterns by 2-Dimensional, M-Mode, or Doppler echographs
Produces copy of CD of echo images for computer storage or teaching purposes
Conducts bedside echocardiograms in NICU, intensive care units, on medical floors, or in emergency room
Discusses abnormal tests, both stress and echo, with physicians
Uses off-line computer to quantify abnormalities
Studies heart physiology to determine normal/abnormal patterns
Transports equipment to appropriate locations and conducts tests bedside for in-hospital patients
Performs pre/post exercise stress echograms and analyzes data on computer
Alters activities/behaviors to reflect/ensure adequate care appropriate to the age of patients served (i.e., adolescent, geriatric, pediatric, neo-natal, adult) as described in the area/unit age specific and/or job specific competencies.
Maintains age specific and job specific competencies as described according to department/area and unit specific competencies
Technical staff will be considered a "trainee" until they have performed at least 600 echos/Doppler examinations
Completion of an Ultrasound or Echocardiography Technology certificate program, or minimum of 2 years technical experience in an Echocardiography Clinic setting
On-the-job training for advanced procedures provided
Further advancement is dependent upon certification by appropriate certifying body
All members of the Echo technical staff must be on path to become credentialed in echocardiography from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
Must document at least 15 hours of echocardiography related continuing education over a period of three years; yearly accumulated continuing education must be kept on file and available for submission upon request
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Skills in: use of echo/ultrasound equipment (M-Mode and Two-Dimensional, cross-sectional echocardiographs, copy to CD, video tape recorders), use of off-time computer analysis systems, computer data storage, effective interpersonal communication, patient assessment prior to/during/following diagnostic procedures
Knowledge of: the physics of ultrasound machines, cardiac anatomy/physiology
Ability to follow oral/written directions, work independently within guidelines without direct supervision, work effectively under pressure (i.e., patients in stress/crisis, patient volume)
Demonstrated expertise in basic echocardiography procedures
Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served
Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data/interpret appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to age specific needs
Ability to use age appropriate communication skills
Age appropriate cognitive abilities, skills, techniques, and communications are detailed in the department/area/unit job specific/age specific competencies
Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation's 150 best places to work by Becker's Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America's best midsize employers' Eskenazi Health's programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city's primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care - Center of Excellence in Women's Health, just to name a few.