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The Radiology Technologist I performs diagnostic studies on patients. Operates x-ray equipment, develops film, and prepares patient rooms, equipment, supplies and medications per policies and procedures.
MAJOR JOB OBJECTIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Always supports the department's quality patient care philosophy and adheres to proper technical procedures and practices, as required.
· Always introduces themselves and fully explains the exam to every patient.
· Provides individualized treatment and reflects the developmental needs of the patient 100% of the time.
· Always talks the patient through the exam, explaining changes in positioning and, when necessary, assists with positioning using immobilization devices.
· Gives immediate attention to IVs and IVACs when alarms sound.
· Always acknowledges the patient's presence while waiting and checks to see if patient is cold. Is always considerate of patient's modesty.
· Monitors patient status and notifies Radiologist, ER, and/or appropriate nursing staff if the patient's status changes.
· When needed, always arranges for interpreter.
· Performs portable examinations in an expedient, organized manner alerting nursing staff, clerical staff and physicians as necessary.
· Assesses patient's understanding of process and informed consent of invasive procedures.
· Practices medical and surgical aseptic procedures.
· Always mixes and prepares barium as per Radiologist protocol and package directions.
· Takes pertinent patient medical history on all exams.
· Assures room is properly set up for Radiologist prior to exam. Always checks procedures manual for Radiologist's preferences.
· Always pulls previous films and reports prior to exam for Radiologist's review. Presents all inpatient charts to Radiologist prior to start of exam.
· Witnesses all completed and signed consent forms after the Radiologist/Physician explains the procedure to the patient on all invasive procedures.
· Notifies Receptionist regarding changes or additions in charges log sheet initialization; and any special instructions pertaining to the patient, physician or schedule.
· Completes all work before clocking out and leaving. This includes checking with nurses' stations.
· Demonstrates yearly competency in the proper use and function of all Radiology Rooms, portable x-ray machines, C-arms, and cameras.
· Demonstrates proper use and care of film processing machines.
· Knows the location and how to use all emergency carts and equipment.
· Reports any equipment malfunctions to Radiology Supervisor.
· Cleans and disinfects all equipment after use including wiping off portable units before and after surgery cases.
· Assures that all equipment is properly stored and cared for and that rooms are kept clean and neat.
· Always utilizes auxiliary equipment properly and safely, i.e., grids, grid holders, compression devices, step stools, Pigg-o-Stat, etc.
· Performs daily warm-up on all x-ray rooms.
· Participates in Continuing Education Activities.
· Responsible for safe handling of equipment.
· Selects appropriate equipment to use for procedure.
· Assists in training of students and ancillary personnel.
· Takes x-ray, CAT, and calls according to monthly schedule after the closing of the regular department hours.
· Demonstrates knowledge, through yearly competency checklist, of Hospital AS400 Computer and Radiology computer system. Can enter orders in computer, change paper in all printers, edit clinical data, and enter codes.
· Knows and follows the procedure for loaning out x-ray images 100% of the time. Always obtains image interpretation prior to releasing films from department.
· Assists with other departmental duties as assigned.
· Assists in maintaining basic records and reports.
· Assists in maintaining files.
· Completes and checks for accuracy all charges, clinical dat, and entries.
· Demonstrates knowledge of good positioning skills and technical factors by maintaining a less than 7% repeat rate.
· Labels all films as required, placing special attention to labeling Left and Right.
· Always reviews the physician's orders and ascertains patient identification prior to procedure.
· Always refers to requisitions for any special instructions by referring physician or Radiologist. Always follows the procedure manual for views and film sizes required. If patient's condition will not allow for all films required, notes the reason on the requisition and discusses reasons with the Radiologist.
· Attends 80% of mandatory department meetings.
· Attends Refresh Day meeting annually.
· Shields all patients of childbearing age and all pediatric patients, when possible.
· Observes ten-day policy on all women of childbearing age.
· Minimizes radiation exposure to patients by utilizing proper technique factors, collimation and immobilization tools, when appropriate on all exams.
· Follows all radiation protection practices, ensuring protection of both self and others, i.e., closes doors to exposure, always wears film badge, wears lead apron and gloves when needed, calls warning prior to exposing on portable procedures.
· Initials radiation reports every month.
· Assists with Clerical duties as time permits.
Must have CT experience and is available to work every other weekend
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
· Current ARRT certification
· Current CRT certification
· Graduate from an accredited school of Radiologic Technology
· Current BLS certification from American Heart Association
· Certification by the California Department of Health services as Fluoroscopy Provider preferred
· Additional licensure or courses in Radiologic Technology preferred
· Minimum of 0-2 years of experience in Radiologic
Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:
· Ability to read and interpret documents such as environment of care policies and procedures, medical documents/patient charts, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of patients or employees.
· Substantial demand for complex reading and writing, clerical skills, perception/comprehension, judgement, memorization, and analytical skills.
· Ability to make decisions.
· For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, see following description.
· Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.