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Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
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€33k > 59
Vascular Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€33 - 59
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Data Source(s):
HSE.ie

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
6.2%
Occupational Category

Health Associate Professionals

Also included in this category:

Paramedics; pharmaceutical technicians; medical and dental technicians; dental hygienists.

Number Employed:

13,100

Part time workers: 29%
Aged over 55: 15%
Male / Female: 24 / 76%
Non-Nationals: 9%
With Third Level: 74%
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At a Glance... header image

Assists the physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac (heart) and peripheral vascular (blood vessel) ailments.


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The Work header image

Cardiological technicians perform tests on patients suspected of having heart disease. Technicians set up and operate equipment that monitors the activity of the heart, blood vessels and lungs. They compile scientific records and analyse different physiological data, for use by a specialist doctor (cardiologist) when making a diagnosis.  
 
Cardiological technicians are also involved in the implantation and evaluation of pacemakers. They may monitor heart readings during operations and operate resuscitation equipment if the patient's heart fails. The cardiological technician is assisted by a cardiographer in certain tasks, such as recording the electrical activity of the heart.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.

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Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.

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Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.

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Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.

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Obtain and record patient identification, medical history, or test results.

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Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, and operate the EKG machine to obtain a reading.

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Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.

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Prepare and position patients for testing.

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Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.

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Supervise or train other cardiology technologists or students.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You need to have an interest in science and technology for this kind of work, as well as a sympathetic approach and good communication skills. You mustn't be squeamish and you will need to cope well with life and death situations.


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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
Tel: 01 635 2000
Email: Click here
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Organisation: Society for Cardiological Science and Technology
Address: SCST, Executive Business Support (EBS), City Wharf, Davidson Road,Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9DZ UK
Tel: 0044 (0) 845 838 6037
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