The Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) assists the physician during diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization and other peripheral vascular procedures including Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) procedures and Interventional Radiological (IR) procedures. The role of the RCIS is to either assist the physician directly in the sterile procedure by preparing the sterile field and working directly with the physician to complete the procedure or to monitor the patient’s vital signs, record cardiac pressures and document the procedure narrative including what procedure(s) were performed, what equipment and medications were used. Other duties may include preparing the procedure room and equipment, educating the patient about the procedure, monitoring the patient pre, intra, and post procedure, and administering routine and or emergency patient care during procedures.
Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:
- Assists physician as a monitor tech during any procedure performed in the Cath Lab by interpreting basic and advanced dysrhythmia and EKG’s and operating physiologic recorder and interpreting normal and abnormal pressures and waveforms. Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) required. ARRT and Texas RT® with Cath Lab experience accepted in lieu of RCIS.
- Assists physician as a scrub tech during any procedure performed in the Cath Lab anticipating the needs of the physician and keeping the circulator informed of any need throughout the procedure. Operates imaging equipment under the direction of the physician.
- Assists physician as a circulator during any procedures performed in the Cath Lab by monitoring patient status during a procedure, handing supplies to the scrub tech, and operating imaging equipment under the direction of the physician.
- Performs pre/post-procedure care and monitoring. Educates patients for the procedure(s). Answers any related questions within their Scope of Practice to reassure the patient.
- Monitors patient's ECG, pressures, and records other procedural documentation. Manages and maintains images that may include stenosis analysis, formatting, and processing radiological imaging on both cardiac and peripheral cases.
- Prepares and maintains sterile fields for Cath Lab procedures. Orders and maintains an inventory of procedural room supplies. Ensures procedure rooms are adequately stocked and supplies have not expired. Coordinates and/or audits resources during yearly inventories.
- Knowledge and ability to apply complex invasive cardiac and vascular principles, instrumentation, and techniques.
- Assist with the maintenance and upkeep of Cath Lab equipment, including performing quality checks and troubleshooting issues.
- 5 years previous experience in a Cardiac Cath Lab
- Associate or bachelor’s degree, science emphasis or commensurate healthcare experience
- Licenses and/or Certifications (Required and Preferred)
- Current American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac
- Life Support certification (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS)
- RCIS certified within six months of date of hire
- ARRT and TX RT(R) required in lieu of RCIS