The Durham NC VA Health Care System, Durham, NC has an immediate opening for a Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography) to work within the Medicine Service. Duties include but not limited to: Perform high quality two-dimensional and M-Mode Echocardiograms, continuous and pulse wave Doppler, and color flow images to clarify the nature of abnormalities found or suspected. A professional knowledge of three-dimensional cardiac anatomy and a significant understanding of cardiac pathology and physiology to identify and eliminate artifacts. Basic working knowledge of ECG abnormalities. Thorough knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular anatomy and pathophysiology, particularly pertaining to the recognition of intracardiac structures, and recognition of cardiac structures viewed from numerous angles and planes, to recognize the pathology and optimally image it for diagnostic clarity. Has complete understanding of all the various transducer positions and ability to recognize when and how to deviate from standard transducer position. Uses substantial judgment in operating, interpreting, and adapting instruments and equipment to the needs of each patient; therefore, the Echo Technician must use significant judgment regarding indicated views to clarify the nature of abnormalities. Has the ability to work with critically ill patients in the intensive care setting, Cardiac Cath laboratory, and operating room. Frequently comes into contact with patients that have contagious diseases, which require special health and safety precautions, such as gowns, gloves, etc. Has the ability to work within a sterile environment and use sterile techniques. For example, a Pericardiocentesis (via Echocardiogram, draining fluid buildup from around the human heart).This position requires irregular standing, sitting, and walking between the Echocardiography Laboratory, wards, clinics, and Duke South. Continuously bending over patients, reaching to repair equipment, and assisting physically restricted patients to roll, sit and move from wheelchair to the echo bed. Skill in calibration, operating, troubleshooting, and maintaining all instruments and equipment used in Echocardiography and Doppler studies. Responds to pages and phone calls on timely basis. Reports to codes immediately on being paged. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; Hours 8:00AM - 4:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.