Would you like to learn how to scrub and monitor in the Cardiac Cath Lab?
Then this is your opportunity!
St. Joseph Hospital, located in Denver, CO, has partnered with National Jewish Health to develop a program to evaluate right heart-lung coupling and physiology in human performance/exercise, and pulmonary hypertension that leverages the vast research and clinical experience of both institutions.
We are looking for a Respiratory Therapist (RRT) that will assist with our right heart- pulmonary function cases but will also be trained in all other cardiovascular areas.
Youâ??ll learn how to scrub and monitor alongside our experienced cardiologists and cardiovascular teams.
This an amazing opportunity for an RRT that would love to expand their skill set.
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Saint Joseph Hospital Cardiac & Vascular Institute, better known simply as the Cath Lab. Approximately 2,500 procedures are performed each year in our Cath Lab, making ours one of the busiest Cath Labs in Colorado.
The Cath Lab has five state-of-the-art procedure rooms for performing numerous heart and vessel imaging studies and treatments. In the Cath Lab, highly trained specialists identify and diagnose heart problems, use medicines to dissolve blood clots, re-open blood vessels, and remove obstructions within blood vessels.
Within the Cath Lab is our specialized Electrophysiology Lab (EP). Here patients experiencing irregular heart rates (arrhythmias) can undergo diagnostic exams to identify the specific cause of the problem or to receive life-saving treatments such as pacemaker or defibrillator implants.
We have 2 cath labs, 3 EP labs, 2 hybrid labs, 1 multipurpose room, 3 IR suites.
We are an accredited chest pain center with strong STEMI program.
Our labs perform all forms of cardiac and peripheral interventional procedures; diagnose and treat all forms of cardiovascular disease including balloons, stents, rhythm management, peripheral vascular and structural heart.
We work in teams of 3. These teams consist of cardiovascular technologist, radiologic technologist and RNâ??s
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Saint Joseph Hospital is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization.
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The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) portion of this position is responsible for administering safe and competent respiratory care as ordered per physician, with emphasis in the Cardiac Cath Lab, monitoring respiratory ventilation, administering respiratory medications, patient assessment, understanding ramifications of hemodynamic monitoring, teaching, and training.
â?¢ Verify Respiratory Care physicians orders; delivery of respiratory care procedures. Maintain accurate and complete documentation of all Respiratory Care procedures per department policy and procedures.
â?¢ Demonstrate excellent working knowledge of Respiratory Care instruments and equipment. Perform troubleshooting with appropriate problem resolution.
â?¢ Perform effective airway management to include bag/mask ventilation. Assist physician/intubation certified therapist with intubation. Demonstrate safe and appropriate suction techniques and use of artificial airways.
â?¢ Effectively discuss advanced respiratory pathophysiology with physicians, and can implement changes based on patient condition.
â?¢ Complete required continuous training and education, including department-specific requirements.
â?¢ Comply with established personal protective equipment requirements necessary for protection against exposure to blood and other potentially infectious body fluids, chemical disinfectants, radiation, asbestos, and other hazardous substances.
â?¢ Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served within the unit.
The CV Tech portion of this position prepares, operates and maintains all equipment used in hemodynamic, angiographic and catheterization procedures and permanent pacemaker implantation to assist Cardiologists in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suspected of suffering from heart disease.
Training for this position will prepare the associate to be responsible for:
â?¢ Prepping for procedures by setting up supplies, a cardiac defibrillator, and by calibrating pressure gauges.
â?¢ Sets up and operates recording and imaging equipment as required including a 16-channel hemodynamic records, 35mm cinema camera film magazines, an associated X-ray system with TV monitors, various videotape recorders and a digital imaging system.
â?¢ Prepares patient by attaching ECG electrodes, answering questions and preparing skin for catheter insertion using sterile procedures.
â?¢ Develops film taken during cine-angio portion of catheterization procedures by mixing developer and other chemicals used according to specifications and by operating film processor to provide diagnostic data.
â?¢ Provides technical support to physicians in all catheterization procedures as part of the Cath Lab team.
â?¢ Monitors patient's electrogram for abnormal ECG's. Records and monitors blood pressures received through catheters, and monitors patient's well-being during procedures. Alerts physician of abnormal conditions.
â?¢ Instructs cardiology, fellow nurses, residents and medical students in the proper operation of equipment and procedures used in the Catheterization Laboratory.
â?¢ Performs other duties as assigned, some of which may be essential to the job.
â?¢ High School diploma or equivalent, required
â?¢ Graduation from an accredited School for Respiratory Care, required
â?¢ Passing score on a National Board of Respiratory Care examination as a respiratory therapist (CRT or RRT), required
â?¢ Licensure by the State as a Respiratory Care Practitioner, required
â?¢ Possess a current Basic Life Support Certification (BLS), or obtain certification within one month of employment, required
â?¢ Nitric oxide use and set up
â?¢ Advanced Pulmonary Function testing
â?¢ Possess a current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification, or obtain certification within one month of employment, required
â?¢ One (1) year of experience, highly preferred
â?¢ Strong desire to expand skill set and learn to scrub/monitor in the Cath Lab
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization that operates eight hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health center and more than 190 ambulatory service centers in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. The health system includes 15,000 full-time associates and more than 500 employed providers.