Cardiac Cath Lab CVT - The Cardiovascular Swiss Army Knife of the Cardiac Cath Lab
The Swiss Army knife is an underappreciated tool. Everything the Swiss Army knife represents is true of the Cath lab Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT) – makes an impact from multiple aspects, great for solving problems, able to adjust on the fly. The CVT role of cardiac catheterization labs can elevate the patient care of a cath lab significantly.
In what seems like a cath lab full of licenses, the CVT is a cath lab tech that actually does not hold a license (like a Radiologic Technologist) or other state permit. However, there are plenty of areas in cardiac catheterization laboratories for CVTs to perform valuable functions, such as scrubbing and monitoring (both do not require a license). In fact, a really good cath lab tech can be the most important tool to a cardiologist providing valuable advice on clinical pathways, guide wires and catheters and anticipating the cardiologists moves to work in rhythm together.
CVT Cardiovascular techs can come from a college program with a specialty cardiovascular technology program, or can be “on the job” trained without a formal certificate or diploma. But either way, these are highly trained heart specialists.