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Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists. Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
 
Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
 
Explain testing procedures to patient to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
 
Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
 
Conduct electrocardiogram (EKG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, and laboratory instruments.
 
Prepare and position patients for testing.
 
Obtain and record patient identification, medical history or test results.
 
Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, and operate the EKG machine to obtain a reading.
 
Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
 
Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.
 
Supervise and train other cardiology technologists and students.
 
Operate diagnostic imaging equipment to produce contrast enhanced radiographs of heart and cardiovascular system.
 
Inject contrast medium into patients' blood vessels.
 
Observe ultrasound display screen and listen to signals to record vascular information such as blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation and cerebral circulation.
 
Assess cardiac physiology and calculate valve areas from blood flow velocity measurements.
 
Compare measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standard norms to identify abnormalities.
 
Activate fluoroscope and camera to produce images used to guide catheter through cardiovascular system.
 
Enter factors such as amount and quality of radiation beam, and filming sequence, into computer.
 
Conduct tests of pulmonary system, using spirometer and other respiratory testing equipment.
 
Perform general administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments or ordering supplies and equipment.
 
Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
 
Assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac and peripheral vascular treatments, such as implanting pacemakers or assisting with balloon angioplasties to treat blood vessel blockages.
 
Transcribe, type, and distribute reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.
 
Set up 24-hour Holter and event monitors, scan and interpret tapes, and report results to physicians.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Cardinal Health Pyxis CII Safe Inventory management software
 
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Diagnostic image review software Medical software
 
Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM-compatible image acquisition and integration software products Medical software
 
Electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
 
Information systems integration software Information retrieval or search software
 
Internet or intranet image distribution software Medical software
 
Practice management software PMS Medical software
 
Smart Digital Holter Monitor Medical software
 
Structured data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Ultrasound report creation software Medical software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
3, 4, and 5 stopcock manifolds Perfusion oxygenators or accessories
 
3D-ultrasound processing and analysis tools Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
 
Activated clotting time ACT lab equipment Hematology analyzers
 
Adult/pediatric cardiac transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Angiojets Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Arterial line stop-cocks Intravenous or arterial cannulas or accessories
 
Automated external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator AICD implants Cardiac pacemaker generators or implantable defibrillators or accessories
 
Balloon catheters Angioplasty balloons
 
Biplane transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Bird's nest inferior vena caval filters Cardiovascular implants
 
Blood collection syringes Blood collection syringes
 
Blood gas analyzers Blood gas analyzers
 
Brachial artery needles Arterial needles
 
Brockenbrough needles Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheter introducers or sets
 
C-clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Cardiac color Doppler ultrasound equipment Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
 
Cardio-page writers Electrocardiography EKG units
 
Cardiovascular catheter sheaths Cardiovascular sheath kits
 
Caval filters Cardiovascular implants
 
Central venous catheters Central venous catheters
 
Chemical sterilizers Chemical or gas sterilizers
 
Coagulation testing equipment Coagulation analyzers
 
Computerized lung analyzers Pulmonary function calculators
 
Continuous-wave Doppler ultrasound units Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
 
Contrast power injectors Angiography contrast medium delivery sets
 
Coronary stents Coronary stents
 
Defense digital imaging network-picture archiving and communications systems DIN-PACS Defense Digital Imaging Network DIN system equipment
 
Defibrillators Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM system equipment Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM standard system equipment
 
Distal embolic protection devices Cardiovascular implants
 
Dual chamber pacemakers Cardiac pacemaker generators or implantable defibrillators or accessories
 
Duplex imaging sonographic equipment Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
 
Echocardiography systems Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
 
Electrocardiography EKG electrodes Electrocardiography EKG patch electrodes
 
Electrocardiography EKG tape reading scanners Electrocardiography EKG accessories
 
Electrocardiography EKG units Electrocardiography EKG units
 
Electronic blood pressure units Electronic blood pressure units
 
Electronic stethoscopes Electronic stethoscopes or accessories
 
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
 
Film processing equipment Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors
 
Fluoroscopes Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment
 
Glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
 
Grollmann catheters Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Guidewires Introducers or guide pins or guidewires or glidewires for non endoscopic surgical or open heart procedures
 
Heart catheters Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Heart probes Angioscopes or accessories
 
Hemodynamic monitors Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
High-resolution monitors Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo monitors
 
Holter monitors Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems
 
Image capturing and transmission systems Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
 
Image storage systems Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
 
Indeflators Intraaortic balloon pumps or accessories
 
Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP Intraaortic balloon pumps or accessories
 
Intracardiac ultrasounds Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo probes
 
Intravascular ultrasounds Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo probes
 
Intravenous IV locks Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors
 
Intravenous IV syringes Medical syringes without needles
 
Intravenous IV tubing Intravenous or arterial extension tubing
 
Laboratory microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Lasers Surgical lasers or accessories
 
Lead aprons Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
 
Lead collars Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
 
Light and sound machines Electromyography EMG units or accessories
 
Light meters Lightmeters
 
Linear array vascular transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
 
Mechanical thrombolytic devices Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Medical densitometers Medical ultrasound bone densitometers
 
Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
 
Medrad injectors Angiography contrast medium delivery sets
 
Mercury sphygmomanometers Mercury blood pressure units
 
Microscopes Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
 
Miller catheters Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Monoplane transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Multiplane transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Myocardial biopsy forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
NIH catheters Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Nitric oxide administration equipment Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use
 
Oximeters Pulse oximeter units
 
Oxygen therapy systems Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
 
Pacemaker analyzers Cardiac pacemaker generators or implantable defibrillators or accessories
 
Pacemakers Cardiac pacemaker generators or implantable defibrillators or accessories
 
Pacing generators Cardiac pacemaker generators or implantable defibrillators or accessories
 
Pediatric neonatal cardiac transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty PTCA equipment Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Phased cardiac transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Physiological monitoring and analysis systems Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
Plethysmography machines Body plethysmographs
 
Portable electrocardiography EKG machines Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems
 
Pressure injectors Angiography contrast medium delivery sets
 
Pressure tubing Intravenous or arterial cannulas or accessories
 
Pulsed-wave Doppler ultrasound units Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
 
Radi pressure wires Vascular imaging guidewires or snares or accessories
 
Radiofrequency ablation catheters Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Rheolytic thrombectomy systems Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Rotoblators Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Scan converters Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
 
Silicone lead end caps Cardiac pacemaker generators or implantable defibrillators or accessories
 
Small parts shallow vascular transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Spirometers Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
 
Sterile blood lancets Lancets
 
Surgical trays/tables Surgical equipment stands or accessories
 
Suture devices Surgical purstring devices
 
Swan Ganz artery catheters Arterial line catheters
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
Thermal printers Laser printers
 
Thermodilution cardiac output computers Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
Tourniquets Tourniquets
 
Transducers Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories
 
Transluminal extraction catheters Removal devices of diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Transseptal sheaths Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheter introducers or sets
 
Treadmills Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Ultracentrifuges Ultracentrifuges
 
Ultrasound monitors Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo monitors
 
Vector-cardiographs Electrocardiography EKG unit analyzers
 
Vena caval filters Cardiovascular implants
 
Venipuncture needles Hypodermic needles
 
Ventricular demand pacemakers Cardiac pacemaker generators or implantable defibrillators or accessories
 
Wave wires Vascular imaging guidewires or snares or accessories
 
X ray machines Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
ARRT Technologist (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Technologist)
CATH Lab Radiological Technologist (Catheterization Laboratory Radiological Technologist)
Cardiac Catherization Laboratory Technologist
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Technologist
Cardiac Catheterization Special Procedures Technologist
Cardiac Catheterization Technician
Cardiac Catheterization Technologist
Cardiac Monitor Technician
Cardiac Technician
Cardiograph Operator
Cardiographer
Cardiology Technician
Cardiology Technologist
Cardiopulmonary Technician
Cardiopulmonary Technologist
Cardiovascular Interventional Technologist
Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
Cardiovascular Radiologic Technologist
Cardiovascular Sonographer
Cardiovascular Technician
Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT)
Cardiovascular Ultrasound Sonographer
Cardiovascular Ultrasound Technician
Cath Lab RN (Catheterization Laboratory Registered Nurse)
Cath Lab Specialist (Catheterization Laboratory Specialist)
Cath Lab Tech (Catheterization Laboratory Technologist)
Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT)
Certified Cardiology Technologist (CCT)
Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT)
Computed Tomography Technologist (CTT)
Diagnostic Ultrasound Technician
EEG Technician (Electroencephalogram Technician)
EKG Technician
EKG/ECG Technician (Electrocardiogram Technician)
Echo Tech (Echocardiography Technician)
Echo/Vascular Tech (Echocardiology/Vascular Technician)
Echocardiogram Technician
Echocardiograph Technician
Echocardiographer
Echocardiographic Technologist
Echocardiology Technologist
Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG Technician)
Electrocardiograph Operator
Electrocardiograph Technician
Electrocardiographic Technician
Holter Scanning Technician
Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist
Perfusionist
Pulmonary Function Technician
Pulmonary Function Technologist
Radiographer
Radiological Technologist
Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS)
Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)
Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
Respiratory Therapist (RT)
Sonogram Technician
Sonography Technician
Special Procedures Radiological Technologist
Stress Test Technician
Telemetry Technician
Vascular Technician
Vascular Technologist
Vascular Ultrasound Technician
X-Ray Technologist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
 
 
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