Position Description

TMC HealthCare

TMC HealthCare is Southern Arizona's regional nonprofit hospital system with Tucson Medical Center at its core. Each day staff comes to work to use their skills and expertise to improve the health of the entire community, from birth to the end of life.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - Ultrasound
Job Category Allied Health
Schedule Full time
Shift 1 - Day Shift
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Hours are (4) 10 hr shifts, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 0630-1700

SUMMARY:

Utilizes high-frequency sound waves and uses special equipment to produce images of the inner human body for the identification and diagnosis of abnormalities.   Assists physicians in such procedures as needle biopsies, and fluid drainages; suggests angle for puncture and assists as necessary while maintaining sterile techniques.  Performs all ultrasound techniques and examinations including but not limited to: abdominal scans, retro-peritoneal scans, limited obstetric, gynecological scans, and surgical ultrasound procedures. Cleans the equipment and probe after each patient and disinfects the probes after each procedure, making sure to adhere to safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures as set forth by the hospital and the department.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Cleans the equipment and probe after each patient and disinfects the TEE probe after each procedure, making sure to adhere to safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures as set forth by the hospital and the department.

Explains the procedure, answers patient questions and addresses their concerns

Assists medical staff during special procedures.

Obtains patient history, answers patient questions, explains procedures and comforts patients.

Abstracts relevant information from the patients’ clinical record and obtains additional information if necessary; verifies prescription, diagnosis, patient identification and chart.

Maintains records of examination data and other pertinent information on patients.

Maintains sonographic and other equipment in efficient operating order; assists with preventative maintenance on a regularly scheduled basis.

Performs advanced tests with portable equipment in patients’ rooms when necessary.

Positions patients and operates equipment to produce the most reliable and informational data; observes patient for any unusual reactions or event.

Cleans instruments on fixed and movable equipment associated with surgical sonography activities.

Operates specialized equipment to calibrate and record test results; prepares room and equipment for patient; and instructs hospital personnel and students on examination procedures, evaluation of results, equipment maintenance and calibration, as well as anatomy and physiology pertaining to exam and principles utilized by equipment.

Assists in inventory control and ordering supplies.

Takes call responsibilities as needed in department.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION:  Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school providing a sonography program.  

EXPERIENCE:  Six months to one year of diagnostic medical sonography experience preferably in an acute care setting.  

LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.  General Ultrasound Sonographers and OB Sonographers are required to obtain American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) within eighteen (18) months of hire date.  

 

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