Invasive Cardiovascular Technician Case Study

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1. Research your chosen profession. Invasive Cardiovascular Technicians are an integral part of the healthcare setting. The discipline takes many years of learning and dedication to gain adequate proficiency. It also requires individuals who are competent, skillful, knowledgeable, and open to saving the lives of others. Invasive Cardiovascular Technicians are knowledgeable in anatomy, physiology, pathology, cardiovascular pharmacology, basic and advanced electrocardiography and Electrophysiology, physics, hemodynamics, and radiology (Santiago, 2014). They are also skilled in intravenous administration, diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, angioplasty, stents, and vital sign monitoring (Commission on Accreditation …show more content…
The technician must administer medications under physician’s order, they must provide care before, during, and after procedures, they must act as "first assistant" during catheterization procedures, and they must evaluate and assess the patient (Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals, 2010). Another responsibility is that technicians must be able to “operate and maintain diagnostic and therapeutic equipment” (Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals, 2010). My thoughts on the scope of practice are satisfactory and accepting. I feel that all this is necessary for professionalism and proper patient care. I wouldn 't want to perform a procedure if I didn 't have the competence and skill to do so. Nor would I want to do it if there was someone else more qualified to perform the procedure. I think that it 's important to follow the scope of practice for our …show more content…
It requires professionals who are capable of performing cardiac catheterizations, intravenous injections, angioplasty and stent procedures, cardiac life support, etc., correctly and accurately (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 2009). The goal of a Cardiovascular Technician is to provide care before, during, and after procedures, to administer physician ordered medications, to evaluate patient’s ongoing health, and to assist and perform approved and appropriate cardiac procedures. A technician must always place a patient first and should always act professionally… both at work and away (Carnegie Institute, 2014). An invasive cardiovascular technician can maintain credentialing and education with the help of many organizations. These organizations include the American Heart Association, the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals, and the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals. Although I originally chose Dental Hygiene as my major, I quickly realized that it wasn’t for me. Shadowing as a Dental Hygienist was enlightening, but it never offered new situations or experiences. After researching and talking with friends I realized that Invasive Cardiovascular Technology is for me. It offers new and challenging experiences on a daily basis and it allows me to make a difference and possibly save lives. My goal is to use my strengths of teamwork,

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