Tour of Duty: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm
General Description of Assigned Duties:
This represents the full performance level. Medical instrument technicians (EKG) at this level operate and monitor electrocardiographic equipment to perform specialized examinations and studies involving exercise stress testing, ambulatory monitoring of arrhythmias, and indirect carotid pulse tracings on chronic patients. They monitor tracings to identify arrhythmias and when gross abnormalities appear, when to repeat certain procedures, when to stop test procedures, and when to get the immediate attention of a physician. They evaluate test results to determine appropriate machine adjustments and use alternative techniques and procedures when established procedures do not accomplish acceptable results. This includes adapting equipment and accessories to yield the best results during the examination. They edit and select an appropriate sample portion of the tracing for further interpretation by the physician.
The incumbent works in cardiology Section Operating Medical Diagnostic Equipment. Duties include; Exercise tolerance test system (Treadmill), MUSE Cardiology Storage Systems, Ambulatory Monitory System (King of Hearts & Holter monitors) Holter/Event Scanner.
Functions or Scope of Assigned Duties:
The incumbent independently performs the full range of electrocardiograph procedures, and related examinations, such as applying ambulatory monitoring devices, scanning Holter tapes/disks, event monitor strips and editing EKG, Holter, and treadmill reports. Utilizes MUSE cardiology storage system.
Operates diagnostic medical equipment as a part of treatment of patient, supports register nurses and physicians equipment. Includes exercise tolerance testing system, Holter Monitoring and Event Monitoring Scanner.
Receives request and/or, consults for procedures. Interprets request from physician for appropriateness of requested procedure for patients ability perform prescribed test. Receives assignment for which clear precedents exist. Receives assignments that require application of standard procedures or that have special procedures identified and explained. Employee understands and carries out the appropriate requests made by practitioners or seeks assistance of the supervision when an uncommon, unique or new procedure is requested.
Instructs patient pre-procedure to assure confidence and cooperation of patient during procedures. Independently explains various procedures including need for positions on table or treadmill, monitoring equipment, adverse reactions to stressing agents. Explains requirements for accurate monitoring and necessity of diary entries. Answers question by patient and or family members.
Performs Medical Instrument Technician work with stress test specialty. This requires experience in operating, supervising the operation of the instructing in the operation of specialized equipment related to the specialization of the position.
Performs MI Tech work with Holter/Event Monitoring specialty. This specialty area requires experience in applying, operating and instructing in Holter and Event Monitoring equipment. The complying of data, revising reports and completing reports for physician review. Schedules patient for application and removal of monitors.
Instructs in the operation of EKG equipment to nursing staff in patient care and clinic areas. Instructs the physicians and cardiology staff in the storage and use of MUSE System.
Employee is given defined goals, priorities and deadlines for job. Physician member of team accepts the knowledge of the employees. Instruction for procedures included medical condition expected and available equipment. Supervisor helps employee with unusual situations.
Employee plans and executes procedures handles problem and deviation in the work assignments in line with training and accepted practices. Uses judgment and initiation that included selecting appropriate instruments, methods, and recognizing conditions that could cause erroneous results. Employee is able to trouble shoot problems on complex instruments. The employee may participate with physician in planning appropriate procedures. The employee rarely consults the supervisors for technical advice and independently makes recommendation about procedures.
Completed work is reviewed and the achieved results are also reviewed for compliance to hospital policy and adequate of procedures results.
Meets the needs of customers while supporting the Medical Center and Service missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (patients, visitors, volunteers, and all Medical Center staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately.