The incumbent of this position works under the Ultrasound section of the Imaging service at VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS), a 1A Facility. The incumbent will independently perform standard and complex ultrasound examinations for Inpatient, Outpatient and Emergent patients. The incumbent supports VAPORHCS status as the Renal and Liver transplant facility for VISN20. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and manages patients scheduled to accommodate them. Incumbent will maintain records and imaging files of patients examined. The incumbent acts, among other sonographers at this level, as the point of contact for lower level employees requiring hands on assistance and additional training. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Reviews orders and notes in CPRS to verify appropriate exam and patient's medical history. Performs routine administrative procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate ultrasound records. Schedules appointments, processes exam requests, and registers patient exams, cancels and case edits exams in the Radiology Information System (RIS). Gathers related information such as current symptoms, prior imaging, patient history etc., so that correlation of examinations may be made by the radiologist in diagnosis and recommendation of treatment for medical disorders. Properly identifies patient with at least 2 patient identifiers in accordance with VAPORHCS policy, confirms identity on order, and properly identifies patient images. This is essential so that mistaken identity of images to patients does not occur Accurately utilizes PACS for acquisition, transmission, storage, and review of images, performs QC of all completed studies to ensure timely and accurate interpretation by the Radiologist. Explains examinations to be performed, in a manner appropriate to the patient's ability to understand, the purpose of the study as well as any requirements of the patients so they are thoroughly understood. May be required to monitor vital signs, recognize allergic reactions and initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Advises radiologists of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. Makes multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to insure accurate results based on sonographic findings. Acquires high quality images of the abdomen, small parts, chest and extremities, and retroperitoneal space that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders, while applying elements of the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) Principle. This includes lowest output power and the shortest scan time consistent with acquiring the required diagnostic information. Incumbent will adhere to all infection control procedures according to Joint Commission and VAPORHCS guidelines and advises Supervisor of possible noncompliance with said standards. Additionally, Incumbent shall advise administrative staff of possible infection and patient fall risks along with near accidents and the proper ways to avoid them. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor those that would improve the operation of the section. Maintains adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and supplies. Develops and maintains patient prep procedures so that patients and wards understand the proper preparations for ultrasound examinations in an effort to minimize delays of examinations. Distributes ultrasound examinations and related information to the radiologist responsible for the interpretation of the exams. This is done so that treatment based on diagnosis may be effectuated in a timely manner Work Schedule: Rotating. 7:00AM-3:30PM and 8:00AM-4:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599353600
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