Work with patients who have difficulty breathing.
The harmony with which the systems of the human body work together is so perfect that when a medical problem occurs, it can be difficult to tell which organ is malfunctioning. For example, when someone has chest pain, it could mean that they’re suffering from a heart attack, a wicked chest cold, or pneumonia. Cardiopulmonary Technologists nail down the culprit by performing tests, and assist in procedures to treat the problem.
The different types of Cardiopulmonary Technologists all work under the supervision of a Doctor, commonly a Cardiologist. The position of Cardiopulmonary Technologist is similar to, and sometimes overlaps with, the job of a Cardiovascular Technician, except that you have more experience and education. In addition, you look beyond the heart and blood vessels to care for lung conditions, too.
One common responsibility of the job is to prepare patients for tests and procedures. That means you gather and record medical histories, clean and shave insertion spots, answer questions, and explain what the patient can expect. Your bedside manner is put to a daily test, and so is your equipment know-how. You work under supervision, but it’s your job to perform tests such as EKGs, stress tests, and sleep studies.
If the diagnosis shows a need for invasive treatment, such as a stent, you assist tableside, monitor the patient’s vital signs, and possibly even insert a catheter that runs from the patient’s leg to the heart! If that sounds like an exciting day rather a scary one, then maybe you have the heart for the job!