This position is assigned to Patient Care Services located within the Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver VA Medical Center. The Medical Instrument Technician (EKG) is assigned to the Telemetry Unit working a rotating tour of duty and reports to the RN Telemetry Manager. He or she will be responsible for direct and indirect patient care. The incumbent will be expected to develop and demonstrate increasing skills in performing a variety of tasks. Duties performed include, but are not limited to the following: Operates and performs trouble shooting of continuous electrocardiography and pulse oximetry equipment used in inpatient setting. Provides continuous cardiac surveillance, rhythm interpretation, and reporting of monitor tracings of patients admitted to inpatient units, from a central station, for the purpose of diagnostic exams and/or medical treatment using continuous electrocardiography per physician's order. Documents cardiac rhythm strips, measuring and interpreting rhythms at designated intervals and PRN per Telemetry policy. Ensures rhythm strips are labeled with patient's name, lead, PR, QRS and QT intervals and rhythm interpretation and signed upon completion to be reviewed by physicians and registered nurses to determine efficacy of treatments. Reviews previous shift's rhythm strips for shift history and audit purposes. Confirms active continuous electrocardiography orders for monitored patients in Electronic Healthcare Record. Verifies appropriate parameters from the doctor's orders and notifies the assigned RN of patient changes that are outside of the default alarms or set parameters. Admits/transfers/discharges patients in Central Monitoring Station, documenting patient movements, marking monitors with patient's location when temporarily taken off the monitor (ie medical procedures). Recognizes abnormal or lethal rhythms and notifies appropriate health care personnel, calling Code blue or Rapid Response when appropriate. Monitors continuous oxygen saturation and reports abnormal findings to clinical staff. Conducts ambulating oxygen saturation tests and provides information to appropriate health care personnel to determine home oxygen needs. Operates and maintains commonly used electrocardiographic equipment used for 12-lead electrocardiograms. Performs resting 12-lead EKGs on routine, stat or prn basis for purpose of diagnostic exams and/or medical treatment per physician's order. Position patients for resting 12-lead electrocardiogram based on test required, patient anatomy/ physiology, and use alternate positions for patient with disabilities. Manipulates the controls and programs information into the 12-lead EKG computer to provide tracing. Demonstrates ability to edit and select an appropriate sample portion of the tracing for further interpretation by the physician. Alerts proper medical personnel of serious abnormal test results. Obtains patient's confidence and cooperation by providing education on the purpose and use of continuous cardiac monitoring, continuous pulse oximetry, or resting 12-lead EKG. Prepares patient's skin for proper electrode placement; and ensures proper reading. Work Schedule: Full time - 6:00 PM - 6:30 AM Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized Telework/Virtual/Remote: Not Authorized Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician - EKG/PD50845A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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