The Iowa City VA Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) full-time Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) for the Patient Care Service Line. The work involves operating or monitoring diagnostic and therapeutic medical instruments and equipment. This position requires knowledge of the capabilities and operating characteristics of one or more kinds of instruments and a practical knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. This position also requires a practical understanding of medical data generated by patient/equipment connections. The MIT functions as a member of the Vascular multidisciplinary team. The MIT delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients. Diagnostic Ultrasound MITs operate diagnostic equipment using ultrasound to record vascular information such as vascular blood flow, blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation, cerebral circulation, peripheral circulation, and abdominal circulation. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Provide Doppler information of peripheral vessels; demonstrate characteristic differences related to the organs they supply; accurately quantify carotid artery stenoses; and identify and correlate specific waveform analysis, plethysmographic tracings, velocity changes, and pressure gradients characteristic of normal, obstructed, or occluded vessels or grafts. Perform intracranial (transcranial) vascular examinations. Operate the instruments to extract the highest quality image utilizing the appropriate transducer frequency, Doppler angle, focal zones, gain, depth, color map, wall filter, and sample volume. Provide objective data to document progression or regression of disease. Perform noninvasive vascular ultrasound procedures and/or examinations of upper and lower extremity, abdominal, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular vessels. Obtain a patient history and perform an appropriate physical assessment based on patient presentation and type of exam to include observation, inspection, auscultation, and palpation. Prepare preliminary reports from the examination including documentation of procedural difficulties in the medical record. Set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the patient, and to operate the equipment for standardized procedures. Interact with patients, explaining procedures and positioning and prepping the patient for procedure. Complete diagnostic studies ordered by, and in collaboration with, physician on all tours of duty with minimal supervision; coordinates appointments/workload according to appropriateness of patients/staffing. Use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and vascular ultrasound data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies. Manage vascular images in local PACs system and copy studies to CDs for Release of Information. Set up vascular sonography equipment and ensures equipment functions properly. Report critical results to the ordering provider. Interact with patients, explaining procedures and positioning the patient for the procedure, recognizing disabilities or impaired mobility, and assisting the patient as necessary. Reprocess and maintain specialty critical reusable medical equipment (RME), following approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and universal precautions. Perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to troubleshoot equipment. Other duties may be assigned. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not require
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