Cardiac catheterization technologists assist cardiologists or cardiac surgeons in carrying out interventions relating to the cardiac health of patients. Catheterization may be carried out in order to determine if there is a blockage or other irregularity in the heart, and involves inserting a device which provides the surgeon with an ultrasound view of the heart. Catheterization may also be done to insert devices or medicine that will aid regular blood flow to the heart.
In some medical institutions, these technologists lend a direct hand in these procedures under the supervision of a surgeon. They may monitor the devices during a catheterization procedure to ensure that they are functioning properly, and will also watch the patient’s vital signs for any irregularities. Anything out of the ordinary must be reported to the medical team.
Cardiac catheterization technologists may also be tasked with preparing the tools and room for a procedure to be carried out. After the procedure, the technologist will clean the area so it is ready for use for the next procedure. It's important to note that this job can sometimes be stressful when patients are experiencing emergency heart situations. An associate’s degree is often a minimum requirement, and certification as a cardiac catheterization technologist may also be necessary, which is obtained via taking courses and passing a test.
Cardiac Catheterization Technologist Tasks
Prepare and position patients for invasive heart procedures.
Monitor gauges, recorder and video screens of computer system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
Conduct cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices and laboratory instruments.
Prepare reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.