Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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Telemetry Technician - Full Time - ICU/CCU
Monitors telemetry patients and observes cardiac rhythms to assure patient safety.
Accurately interprets rhythm strips and interval measurements and documents in patient chart. Applies cardiac electrodes to chest to monitor electrical pattern tracings from the heart as needed. Performs 12-Lead EKG as needed.
Identifies any anomalies indicative of change in status or condition and notifies RN or physician of alarm situations. Recognizes and responds immediately and appropriately to potential emergency situations that arise. Collaborates and communicates with department team members to relay pertinent information regarding patient cardiac status. Activate Code Blue for life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias observed for telemetry patients.
Observes and assesses patient(s) condition and behavior. Assures patient safety and stability. Monitor changes in vital signs. Review physician's orders and reports progress and unusual occurrences. Records and reports all information within scope of knowledge.
Tunes and adjusts equipment to achieve optimum results. Adjusts equipment and calms patient to eliminate telemetry artifacts. Troubleshoots technical monitor problems.
Monitors the patient for potentially dangerous physical and emotional changes. Evaluates test results for clarity and accuracy. Informs RN or physicians of preliminary findings as requested, and according to Department procedures.
Maintains patient charts, and updates file systems for tests performed.
Cleans and sterilizes equipment and work space. Recognizes equipment malfunctions and readjusts equipment or refers to Biomedical Engineering for repairs.
Trains and cross-trains other clinical staff as required. Instructs patients in pretest preparation, answers questions and explains procedures.
Performs the following as long as it requires minimal time away from cardiac monitors: answers telephones; answers nurse call system and reports patient or family requests to primary caregiver; assists with notation and transcription of physician orders and enters necessary patient information into RPMS and LIS; orders and stocks unit supplies; assists in patient admitting, transferring and discharge procedures; provides friendly service in greeting and assisting patients, families, co-workers, physicians and other staff members to the unit; support patient care activities.
Participates in required ongoing unit education and staff meetings. Assists new employees with orientation and submits ideas for improvement.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of basic cardiac rhythms and arrhythmias.
Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology.
Knowledge of telemetry equipment.
Skill in reading telemetry monitors.
Skill in performing EKG testing procedures.
Skill in providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Skill in monitoring and assessing patient status and taking appropriate action.
Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications.
MINIMUM EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
High school diploma or GED.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATION
Non-supervisory - One (1) year of experience working as a telemetry technician or other position that requires experience with telemetry. Completion of a course in cardiac dysrhythmia recognition and interpretation may be substituted for experience.
MINIMUM CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATION
Must possess certification in Basic Life Support.
Able to pass cardiac rhythm interpretation competency with a minimum score of 90% upon hire. May be required to work outside the traditional work schedule. May be called out to work off-shift in emergency situations. According to the needs of the organization, some incumbents in this job class may be required to obtain additional specific technical certifications.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The following demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires the ability to sit for long periods of time. May occasionally be exposed to infectious diseases. ANMC is not a latex free environment. Therefore, some latex exposure can be expected.