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Ultrasonographer II

Traverse City, MI


Posted on September 9, 2017

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Ultrasonographer II

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Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital

Cadillac, MI






Day/PM shift





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Associates Degree is required

SUMMARY The Staff Sonographer functions as a healthcare provider who, working under the delegated authority of the supervising physician, serves as a medical imaging professional providing clinically relevant information to assist the physician with the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The Staff Sonographer role and responsibilities include providing diagnostic medical sonography services and its various clinical specialties. The Staff Sonographer activities are performed consistent with their education and training, and in accordance with facility policies and procedures and applicable professional standards. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS High School graduate or equivalent. Completion of college or hospital based Vascular or Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program or completion of Allied Health Program approved by the AMA. Extensive Sonography education, training, and experience in the specialty area(s) to be performed. Extensive clinical experience in providing sonography services and demonstrated ability to mentor and support staff sonographers. Demonstrated competence in the specialty area(s) to be performed, including sonographer certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning (e.g., continuing medical education in the specialty area(s) performed, higher education, research, staff training, etc.).Ultrasonogragrapher II 1. Registered Sonographer in both general (RDMS) and vascular (RVT) with less than 5 yrs vascular experience. Must have at least one RDMS subspecialty and is expected to perform both general and vascular exams during a work day. New Munson Healthcare employees with dual registry will require radiologist recommendation after probationary period for movement to Ultrasonographer II. Dual registered sonographers must perform all vascular specific exams and will routinely perform these along with general ultrasound exams. Vascular specific exams include: Renal Artery Doppler Peripheral vascular arterial Dialysis grafts/fistulaMesenteric Doppler Liver Doppler Renal TransplantPeripheral venous studies including vein mapping Intraoperative vascular OR 2. Registered Sonographer with 10 or more years’ experience who have obtained multiple RDMS subspecialties (i.e. ABD and OB/GYN etc.) This elevated designation represents our most highly skilled and knowledgeable General sonographers and are expected to be mentors and teachers for all technologists. Technologists must perform basic ultrasound and vascular exams listed with Ultrasonographer I along with more highly skilled exams such as: Appendix High Risk OB/Perinatology clinic Intussesception Hernia OR-all exams gen and vascular OB-Multiple Gest Follicular Upper extremity venous Infant Spine Ultrasound Guided Procedures including but not limited to: Paracentesis, Thoracentesis, Biopsies (any), Abscess drainages, Hysterosonogram, Tube Placements and drainages, Amniocentesis and Guidance Operating room requiring ultrasound: Both General and Vascular assistance such as: Carotid Endarterectomy, Partial nephrectomy, D/C, Tumor location for excision. Movement from Ultrasonographer I to Ultrasonographer II requires a recommendation from Radiologist Chief of Ultrasound and must be provide the written competency signed by the Radiologist. Sonographer must be with the Munson Healthcare system for a minimum of 3 years before moving into the Ultrasonographer II category. ORGANIZATIONReports to Manager or Director of Radiology POPULATIONS SERVED COMPETENCIES, INCLUDING AGE OF PATIENTS SERVED Cares for patients in the age category(s) checked below: _Neonatal (birth-1 mo) _Young adult (18 yr-25 yrs) _Infant (1 mo-1 yr) _Adult (26 yrs-54 yrs) _ Early childhood (1 yr-5 yrs) _ Sr. Adult (55 yrs-64 yrs) _Late childhood (6 yrs-12 yrs) _Geriatric (65 yrs & above) _Adolescence (13 yrs-17 yrs) _XAll ages (birth & above) __No direct clinical contact with patients SPECIFIC DUTIES Works in conjunction with a variety of other physicians. Must maintain working contact with several intra-hospital departments including Operating Room, Recovery Room, Emergency Room, Cardiac and Intensive Care Units. Supports the mission statement of Munson HEALTHCARE (MMC): Munson HEALTHCARE is the core of a regional health system. In partnership with physicians, we provide quality, compassionate, comprehensive and cost-effective services for improvement of the health of our patients and the communities we serve. Embraces and supports the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) philosophy of Munson HEALTHCARE: We are committed to the name “Munson” meaning excellence. We will provide services that meet our customers’ requirements every time. Adheres to Exceptional Skills with People (ESP) House Rules at all times. Acknowledges that safety is a self-responsibility. Knows the physical requirements of the job and work within those guidelines. Performs job duties safely at all times, utilizing learned body mechanics and transferring/lifting techniques. Plans actions to promote safety. Reports any unsafe situation/equipment according to Hospital procedure. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned. Primary Responsibilities Prepare exam room and ultrasound equipment to conduct sonography examinations in accordance with infections disease, sterilization, and patient safety protocols, policies, and procedures. Assume responsibility for the safety of the patient during the sonographic examination. Review patient medical history and supporting clinical information. Ensure that the sonography examination order is complete, contains relevant information, and meets the standard of “medical necessity.” Confirms two patient identifiers per MMC protocol on every patient prior to examination and/or performs time out procedure on all invasive procedures. Evaluate any contraindications, insufficient patient preparation, and the patient’s inability or unwillingness to tolerate the examination and associated procedures. Communicate with the patient in a manner appropriate to the patient’s ability to understand. Follows MMC wash in/ wash out for every examination. Use proper patient positioning tools, devices, equipment adjustment, and ergonomically correct scanning techniques to ensure patient comfort and safety, and to prevent compromised data acquisition and musculoskeletal injury to the sonographer. Observe and maintain a sterile work environment during an Ultrasound guided procedure or in the Operating Suite in the presence of open surgical wound Conduct patient clinical assessment and perform the diagnostic medical sonography examination ordered by the supervising physician in accordance with MHC Ultrasound protocols approved by the supervising Radiologist. Performs examination completely and accurately with minimal supervision within appropriate time allowance. Apply independent, professional, ethical judgment, and critical thinking to safely perform diagnostic sonography procedures. Apply independent judgment during the sonography examination to ensure that appropriate anatomical, pathological, and clinical conditions are accurately captured in the examination images. As necessary, acquire additional ultrasound imaging to facilitate optimum diagnostic results for the interpreting physician. Identify and document any limitations to the sonography examination. Review examination images, synthesize examination results, and prepare the preliminary findings for use by the interpreting physician. Except as authorized by written facility policies and procedures, refer s

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