A position as a cardiovascular technologist offers an extremely rewarding career. You work side by side with other medical professionals to ensure the safety and health of patients. A cardiovascular technologist (cath lab) technician will need to have a thorough knowledge and work experience with the cardiovascular technologist career field.
The typical work tasks associated with being a cardiovascular technologist are assisting physicians in both invasive and non-invasive procedures, operating medical equipment, providing support in emergency situations. This technologist also circulates, scrubs, and records diagnostic and interventional procedures in adult and pediatric settings as needed. The typical workday for a cardiovascular technologist will be a regular day shift, but there will often be times when early and late hours are required to service patients.
In order to qualify for a position as a cardiovascular technologist, a candidate will need to have the required certifications and education, depending on the state and organization. In order to succeed in the career of being a cardiovascular technologist (cath lab), an individual will require both analytical and technical skills. Due to the nature of the position, there is also a great need to be able to perform the required tasks in stressful situations. In order to be effective in this position, good communication skills are required. You will be working directly with patients, as well as communicating diagnostic information to other medical professionals. Choosing a career as a cardiovascular technologist (cath lab) will provide a great learning experience, along with the general good feeling of working and ensuring the health of patients.
Cardiovascular Technologist (Cath Lab) 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.