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Pulmonary Technologist - West Houston

Allied Health
West Region 601103
140918 Requisition #
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This opportunity will be located at the West Houston location and requires training at the main hospital campus located in the Texas Medical Center for the first 3 months.   


Performs and assists with diagnostic procedures in the pulmonary function laboratory, xenon laboratory and bronchoscopy suite.

Essential Functions:

Cleans Bronchoscopy Instruments:   Cleans bronchoscopy equipment and verifies integrity of equipment according to laboratory standards. Documents and removes damaged equipment from service and promptly reports incident to immediate supervisor. 
Handles bronchoscopes with care, ensures that the insertion tube is not coiled too tightly. Stores scopes in appropriate cabinet.

Thoroughly cleans instrument prior to placing in high level disinfectant. Follows protocol for both automated and manual high-level disinfection.

Generates and completes forms to accompany specimens to laboratory, documents proper patient identifiers and pertinent clinical information for requested tests.
Arranges for pick-up of specimens or delivers specimens to appropriate lab.

Labels specimen containers and slides according to laboratory policy.

Assist with bronchscopy procedures.

Prepares for and assists with Pulmonary Procedures:  Prepares and sets-up equipment required for bronchoscopy procedures. These include: Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC), Nd:YAP Laser, Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), rigid and flexible bronchoscopy systems, pleuroscopy system, fluoroscopy system, autofluorescence system, and fluoroscopy system.

Prepares catheters and instruments for use, including: pneumothorax catheters, chest drainage catheters, bronchial balloon catheters, APC catheters, biopsy forceps, endobronchial brushes, guidewires and snares.

Inputs relevant patient information into data management systems.

Assist with and follows procedural protocols for diagnostic bronchoscopies, bronchoscopy with lavage, bronchoscopy with brushing, bronchoscopy with biopsy, bronchoscopy with transbronchial biopsy, bronchoscopy with fine needle aspiration, bronchoscopy with transbronchial needle aspiration.

Assists with anesthesia and interventional cases, including: endobronchial ultrasound, argon plasma coagulation and laser, stent placement, fiducial placement, electromagnetic navigation, autofluorescence, pleuroscopy and rigid bronchoscopy.

Collects and Processes Bronchoscopy Specimens:  Collects BAL, biopsy, brush and fine needle aspiration specimens and places in appropriate preservation and transport media (formalin, RPMI, and ringer’s). Prepares cytophatology slides.

Maintains appropriate Competencies:   Ensures that appropriate clinical skills are learned and maintained to support physicans with bronchoscopy procedures.
Facilitates learning by attending lectures, seminars, and in-services to stay abreast of new techniques.
Consistently works within the scope of practice and competency level.







High school diploma or equivalent. Two years of clinical experience in a full service pulmonary function laboratory. With Bachelor's degree in Respiratory Care, no experience is required. Certification by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) in Pulmonary Function Testing. Any employee hired or rehired after September 1, 2006 must possess required NBRC certification.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html


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