Position : Cardiac Cath LAB RN
Provides direct patient care before, during and after procedure.
Assists the physician with adult and pediatric cardiac catheterizations including but not limited to the following procedures and techniques: myocardial biopsy, transluminal coronary angioplasty and stenting, rotational atherectomy, temporary pacemaker insertion, pericardiocentesis, Swan-Ganz catheter insertion, cardiac assist device insertion, percutaneous valvuloplasty, percutaneous valve implantation, ASD/PFO closure, peripheral vascular diagnostic/interventional procedures.
Practice of sterile technique preparing for procedure including scrubbing, applying surgical gown, gloving, draping and setup of instrument table.
Records, monitors and assesses hemodynamic data collected during catheterizations.
Completes all patient records accurately and in a timely fashion.
Establishes and maintains rapport with patients throughout procedure.
Continuously monitors patient's physiologic and psychological status throughout procedure (i.e. vital signs, cardiac rhythm, pain/discomfort, anxiety, etc.) and responds appropriately.
Initiates and maintains IV access.
Administers all ordered medications, intravenous drips and emergency medications before, during and after procedure.
Operates specialized equipment used in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (CCL) in a safe and efficient manner.
Responds appropriately to all emergency situations within the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
Initiates life support techniques in the event of a cardiac/respiratory arrest including CPR, drug administration, defibrillation, temporary pacemaker insertion, intra-aortic balloon pump insertion and airway management.
Assesses patient for complications related to medications or procedures and responds appropriately.
Discontinues arterial and/or venous access safely through use of manual compression or available compression devices.
Assists physician with use of invasive closure devices.
Gives/receives phone/verbal report on all patients.
Transports patients as necessary.
Restocks and prepares catheterization laboratory between procedures.