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Interventional Radiology Specialty Technologist Days

Company: MetroHealth
Location: Cleveland
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

**Location: Main Campus**

**Schedule: 7:00am -5:30pm**

**Shift: Days**


The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County's public health system, and its staff of nearly 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth's four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The health system is home to Cuyahoga County's most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio's only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center. As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Our main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health. The MetroHealth System is committed to creating a healthier community.


Under the general supervision of the fluoroscopy operator, assists with a variety of diagnostic and interventional procedures, which encompass the vascular, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, interventional radiology, and neuroscience service lines. The patient population shall range from infancy through geriatric. Provides a safe and supporting care environment for those patients undergoing procedures involving the use of fluoroscopy. Functions in a multipurpose role depending of the needs of the individual patient and operator, and in line with The MetroHealth System approved policies and procedures and in accordance with specific governing ODH regulations. Upholds the mission, vision, values, and customer service standards of The MetroHealth System.


1.Contributes to patient safety by:

b.Providing a safe environment for patients.

c.Reporting safety concerns, errors and near misses.

d.Participating in system improvement initiatives to prevent errors.

e.Providing evidence-based care as applicable to the role.

2.Reviews patient data to ensure a safe and effective procedure by:

a.Obtaining relevant information from all available resources as needed.

b.Verifying patient identification and the procedure requested or prescribed.

c.Verifying that the patient has consented to the procedure.

d.Reviewing all available patient medical record information to verify the appropriateness of the procedure requested or prescribed.

e.Verifying the patient's pregnancy status.

f.Assessing factors that may negatively affect the procedure, such as medications, patient history, insufficient patient preparation, or artifact producing objects.

g.Recognizing signs and symptoms of an emergency.

h.Reviewing patient lab values prior to procedure.

i.Reviewing patient risk for allergic reaction to medication prior to administration.

3.In conjunction with the multidisciplinary team, selects the most appropriate and efficient action plan as it relates to the imaging procedure and fluoroscopy equipment by:

a.Determining the need for and selects supplies, accessory equipment, shielding, positioning, and immobilization devices.

b.Determining that all procedural requirements are in place to achieve a quality diagnostic or therapeutic procedure.

c.Employing professional judgment to adapt imaging procedures to improve diagnostic quality and therapeutic outcomes.

d.Analyzing and determining action plans in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team.

e.Interprets and documents hemodynamic data.

f.Interprets and documents EKG rhythm data.

4.Performs a variety of interventional procedures, demonstrating clinical competency throughout, and provides comprehensive patient care by:

a.Using an integrated team approach.

b.Preparing the patient for the procedure by:

i.Transferring patient to and from the procedure / OR table

ii.Positioning patient accurately for anatomic area of interest, respecting patient ability and comfort.

iii.Immobilizing patient for procedure.

c.Working in conjunction with the Nursing staff to apply, monitor and record ECG, blood pressure, respiration and oxygen saturation; observe level of consciousness and pain pre-, peri- and post-procedure.

d.Applying principles of sterile technique.

e.Evaluating the patient and the procedure to identify variances that might affect the expected outcome.

f.Explaining each step of the action plan to the patient as it occurs and eliciting the cooperation of the patient.

g.Adjusting imaging parameters to achieve a quality diagnostic procedure.

h.Monitoring the patient's physical, emotional and mental status.

i.Monitoring the patient for reactions to medications.

j.Identifying exceptions to the expected outcome and develop a revised action plan to achieve the intended outcome.

k.Modifying the action plan according to changes in the clinical situation.

l.Communicating the revised action plan to appropriate team members.

m.Acting based on patient and procedural variances.

n.Performing procedural timeout as warranted.

o.Administering first aid or providing life support as warranted.

p.Adjusting imaging parameters, patient procedure, or computer-generated information to improve the outcome.

q.Evaluating access site for complications requiring intervention or further treatment.

r.Completing the evaluation process in a timely, accurate, and comprehensive manner.

s.Collecting, labeling, and documenting blood and tissue samples needed

t.Performing routine and specialized post-processing.

u.Assisting the RN in the post-procedure care and recovery of patients as needed

v.Measuring the procedure against established policies, protocols, and benchmarks.

w.Evaluating the process and recognizing opportunities for future changes.

5.Ensures documentation is completed and the patient medical record is accurately updated according to department standards by:

a.Documenting diagnostic, treatment, and patient data in the medical record in a timely, accurate and comprehensive manner.

b.Documenting unintended outcomes or exceptions from the established criteria.

c.Providing pertinent information to authorized individual(s) involved in the patient's care.

d.Recording information used for billing and coding procedures.

e.Archiving images or data.

f.Verifying patient consent is documented.

g.Documenting procedural timeout.

h.Obtaining and documenting data in the medical record pre-, peri- and post-procedure.

i.Documenting use of sedation as necessary

j.Documenting radiation exposure parameters and initiates further action as needed.

k.Documenting administered medications and contrast.

6.Educates and informs the patient, public, and other health care providers about procedures, equipment, and facilities by:

a.Eliciting confidence and cooperation from the patient, the public, and other health care providers by providing timely communication and effective instruction.

a.Providing accurate explanations and instructions at appropriate times and at a level the patient and their care providers can understand. Addressing questions and concerns regarding the procedure.

b.Participating in the education of staff, residents, and fellows regarding principles of ALARA to minimize exposure to patient, self, and others.

c.Assists with teaching of staff, students, residents and fellows during procedures.

d.Preparing patients for procedures and providing patient education.

7.Ensures the procedure room, work station, computer console, and stat cart is neat, clean, orderly, and accurately supplied/dated as required.Maintains and rotates supplies/inventory, monitor expiration dates and remove expired products from inventory

8.Performs quality assurance activities by:

a.Taking an active role in system and department quality improvement initiatives

b.Assisting with implementation of the radiation safety policies and educating staff and providers in accordance with department procedure.

c.Maintaining current information on equipment, materials, and processes.

d.Participating in safety and risk management activities.

e.When appropriate, wearing one or more personal radiation monitoring devices at the location indicated on the personal radiation monitoring device or as indicated by the radiation safety officer or designee.

9.Performs other functionally related duties as assigned.



High school diploma or passage of a high school equivalency exam.

Graduate of an accredited Radiologic Technology program.

Possess a valid Radiographer License for the State of Ohio.

Registered Radiologic Technologist (RT) with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Possess ARRT Vascular Interventional and/or ARRT Cardiac Interventional credentials or obtains within the following time frame:

1st missing credential within 18 months of employment

2nd missing credential within 36 months of employment

Possess a BLS Certification from the AHA, or obtains within the standard probationary period.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), or obtains within 120 days of hire.

Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

Ability to work on-call hours on a rotating basis to meet the needs of the department.


One year of related experience with advanced certification through the ARRT in Vascular Interventional and/or Cardiac Interventional Radiography.

Experience in the use of computers and sophisticated diagnostic equipment.

Basic knowledge of cardiac anatomy, hemodynamics, and ability to interpret ECGs.

Experience working with a sterile field using sterile technique.

Experience operating a C-arm.

Physical Demands:

May sit, stand, stoop, bend, and ambulate intermittently during the day.

May need to sit or stand for extended periods.

See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Ability to lift 250-300 pounds with assistance.

Ability to push/pull up to 500 pounds with assistance.

Requires some exposure to communicable diseases or body fluids.

Requires some exposure to chemicals and cleaning products.

Keywords: MetroHealth, Cleveland , Interventional Radiology Specialty Technologist Days, Healthcare , Cleveland, Ohio

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