The exercise technologist works under the supervision of the Non-Invasive Cardiology Department Program Manager performing diagnostic procedures provided by the division's scope of service and processing associated paperwork for respective procedures. This position also supports the Cardiology Technicians by performing all diagnostic procedures including, but not limited to EKGs, Holter monitors, and 30-day event monitors on an inpatient, outpatient, and clinic basis as required under this job description. This person will also perform supportive clinical, clerical, and secretarial tasks as assigned by the Program Manager.Demonstrates competencies in providing age-appropriate care and service to patients from the age of birth to 21 years, and selected adults.
1. Performs EKGs in a clinic setting, and for inpatients and outpatients and processes associated paperwork and EKG results.
2. Management of MUSE system to meet the needs of in-house and Close to Home satellite sites. Organization and documentation of new physician and technician numbers. Maintain current physician data base to include correct fax telephone numbers. Correction of any errors found within the system. Maintaining appropriate statement libraries for EKG/Holter interpretation.
3. Applies, removes and receives Holter monitors and processes associated paperwork.
4. Management of the Holter system to ensure appropriate processing and scanning of Holter recordings. Maintain Holter Monitors in good operation and document repairs as necessary. Maintain a log of all Holter Monitors currently in circulation.
5. Maintains a patient Holter log for tracing of monitor status.
6. Instructs patients on use of transtelephonic monitors and processes associated paperwork.
7. Scans Holter recordings and prepares representative reports for cardiologist interpretation. Enters Holter Monitor results into MUSE system as well as track that the reports are turned around to meet the department standard.
8. Receive requisitions and schedule patients for various tests and procedures performed within the department of cardiology Exercise Division. Also to include follow-up scheduling and physician notification for no show and cancelled appointments. Ensure appropriate orders are on file for each testing procedure.
9. Organization of patient exercise test charts to include all necessary information needed to provide appropriate care during testing.
10. Performs appropriate Exercise Testing procedures and assists other Exercise Technician backup monitoring for exercise testing. Conducts all aspects of exercise studies independent of physician supervision for low risk patients, and with direct physician supervision for high risk patients. Ensure physician in the area coverage for all exercise testing procedures.
11. Performs Pulmonary Function Testing on Exercise Study patients when ordered. To include pre and post exercise and post bronchodilator if indicated.
12. Administers Albuterol as necessary per pulmonary function guidelines provided by the Section of Pulmonary medicine.
13. Management and tracking of all exercise test reports. Including typing in physician interpretations and signatures, tracking report status via the lab log book and filing the reports according to the department standards.
14. Performs routine maintenance of equipment according to department policy and procedure.
15. Works closely with the Program Manager of the Non-Invasive Cardiology Department to plan, coordinate, and troubleshoot the services of the Exercise Division.
16. Participates in the ordering and stocking of supplies.
17. Processes dirty equipment according to department policy and procedure.
18. Assists in collecting research data as instructed.
19. Assists other areas of Non-Invasive Cardiology and the Cardiology Clinic , as qualified, as needed.
20. Performs departmental supportive, clerical, and secretarial functions as deemed necessary.
21. Participates in departmental in-service education and staff meetings.
22. Participates in education for JACHO and EOC rounds.
23. Accepts and supports change in a positive manner
24. Participates in departmental QI initiatives.
KNOWLEDGE , SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
1. BS in Exercise Physiology or equivalent training that provides for understanding of:
a. cardiac anatomy and physiology
b. ability to perform Pulmonary Function Testing
c. ability to understand exercise physiology science to the degree of performing effective exercise studies and ability to identify and respond to urgent and/or emergency situations.
2. Ability to work well with children of all ages and their families.
3. Knowledge of a wide variety of equipment used in cardiology.
4. Understanding of basic arrhythmias, cardiac anatomy and pathology as demonstrated by review of EKG interpretation reference material provided by the Non-Invasive Cardiology department.
5. Ability to work well with peers and other hospital personnel.
6. Certification in CPR.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSMust be able to see, hear, stand, walk, speak, read and perform manual tasks with or without accommodation, and care for oneself with little or no difficulty. Applies the principles of body mechanics in lifting or moving patients and/or equipment. Must be able to independently lift up to 25 pounds. Must be able to move or reposition patients of any weight or size with the assistance of another person(s) and/or equipment. The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the people so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.