As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
HMC Cerebrovascular Laboratory, Department of Neurological Surgery has an outstanding opportunity for a part time 50% FTE day shift Vascular Sonographer. The person in this role performs examinations and will write a preliminary report for Transcranial Doppler Studies, Transcranial Imaging, Carotid Duplex exams, Emboli Monitoring, Subclavian Steal testing, Agitated Saline Studies, Cerebrocirculatory Arrest Exams, Vasomotor Reactivity Testing, and other specialized exams including interventional angiogram and intraoperative monitoring/imaging.
Basic functions •Performance of ultrasound studies •Assist in scheduling patients •Consult with physician if necessary to determine appropriate ultrasonic procedures to be performed •Prepare patient for examination; explain the testing procedure •Monitor patient’s vital signs and/or conditions during the procedure •Perform CPR if necessary •Follow protocols for infection control with patients and equipment •Follow protocols in the operating and angiography suites regarding, scrubs, masks, foot covers, gloves and respecting sterile areas •Perform calculations on data obtained including calculation of velocity, pulsatility, ratios, percent changes in velocity and lumen reduction •Independently perform hard copy and evaluate various diagnostic studies such as (but not limited to):Carotid/Vertebral/Subclavian Ultrasound, Volume flow measurements, Subclavian Steal Test with Reactive Hyperemia, Continuous wave Doppler for the extracranial arteries,Periorbital Doppler, Transcranial Doppler, Transcranial Imaging, Emboli monitoring,CO2 challenge, Autoregulation testing, dynamic, static and tilt, Orbital imaging, uperficial Temporal arteritis protocol,Head rotation for extrinsic compression of the vertebral arteries,Imaging of the internal jugular veins,Monitoring during balloon occlusion testin, Monitoring during carotid endarterectomy,Intraoperative imaging for brain and spinal cord,Monitoring during stenting procedures, Agitated Saline studies for right to left shunting with CT scan or Nuclear Medicine,Graft Imaging. •Know the interpretation criteria for each test and the reference literature •Refer specific diagnostic, treatment or prognosis questions to the patient’s physician. •Transcribe exam findings into ORCA and write a preliminary interpretation with the exception of exams done for Cerebral Circulatory Arrest. Send report to referring physician if patient is an out patient •Upon assessment of the examination findings, recognizes the need for an urgent rather than routine report and takes appropriate action •Notify Neurosurgery Resident who is responsible for results of exams, within 15 minutes of completion of examination •Complete all necessary paperwork •Maintain patient log databases and log books for clinical and research patients •Transfer patient data using Lab policy and procedures into appropriate server, hardcopy, and PAC systems. •Maintain confidentiality of all patient data
Research Protocols •Independently perform and analyze established research protocols which may include performing tests, identifying the patients who qualify for testing, maintaining logs as appropriate and analyzing data from logs/databases. Current research protocols include Vasospasm Study and Block Study
Teaching and publications •Provide instruction in theory, techniques, applications and analysis of tests to physicians, fellows, residents, students, preceptors and other medical personnel. •Develop teaching materials including case studies •Present and publish (in/at vascular ultrasound journals/meetings) relevant educational and research information
Quality control and correlations •Organize and tabulate data for and TCD and carotid correlations with angiography to establish the accuracy of our testing
•Participate in bimonthly quality control conferences, presenting data for group education and analysis •Attend weekly stroke conference, present ultrasound findings.
General duties •Assist in lab maintenance: turn in supply orders, clean equipment, stock supplies •Evaluate new equipment maintaining confidentiality of information, and other duties. •Perform and analyze exams on patients using independent judgment to tailor exams relative to the patients’ clinical presentation. Relay results as a member of the greater team that manages patient care. •Analyze research data, write scientific abstracts, submit manuscripts to medical journals and present scientific and clinical findings at medical professional meetings.
Continuing Medical Education •Obtain minimum required credits for vascular registry and ICAVL •Keep current with Bi-annual certification in CPR, annual certification for HIPPA and Core Competencies and NIH training for research studies.
As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please view this page.
Completion of a training program accredited by the American Medical Association - Committee on Allied Health Education (AMA-CAHEA) for vascular ultrasound AND possess current registration, or are in process of registration as a Registered Vascular Technologist through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
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