Under the supervision of the Nurse Manager, performs the following functions for patients of all ages: Initiates the application of Holter monitors and loop recorders for Inpatients and Outpatients, providing the appropriate instructions and patient education. Receives trans telephonic transmissions from symptomatic and asymptomatic patients from cardiac arrhythmia transmitters and loop recorders. Completes trans telephonic pacemaker and ICD evaluations and identifies life threatening arrhythmias. Independently notifies the appropriate Physician or Nursing personnel to provide patients with the appropriate medical intervention.
Initiates Outpatient and Inpatient ambulatory EKG recordings via Holter monitors or Loop Recorders.
Applies EKG electrodes in the appropriate anatomical and cardiographic positions.
Provides patient education and instruction related to the care and use of EKG recording devices.
Performs technical review and completes superimposition scanning of recorded electrocardiographic data from ambulatory monitors and Inpatient Telemetry recordings with clinical accuracy and completeness.
Analyzes and edits EKG recordings; generates reports including EKG strips representing significant arrhythmias and symptomatic events.
Notifies physicians of abnormal heart rhythms and patients with significant clinical symptoms; assists patients with securing medical assistance.
Schedules and completes all trans telephonic pacemaker and ICD evaluations. Identifies appropriate pacemaker function, documents in the electronic report and notifies the Device Clinic staff or EP physicians of pacemaker battery depletion and/or device malfunction.
Assists with the scheduling of the device replacement procedure.
Assists the RN or physician with pacemaker and ICD patients in the Device Clinic with device testing and evaluations.
Maintains CCT Certification; acquires the required continuing education units.
Continuously develops clinical knowledge, particularly ECG rhythm interpretation skills.
Serves as Preceptor to orient new staff members and visitors.
Participates in quality process.
Assist in development of department procedures.
Maintains all recorders and scanning equipment; completes documentation for tracking monitors and recorders by serial number and patient demographics.
Completes the data collection and report processing for The Arrhythmia monitoring Core Lab.
Collaborates with CCF Fellows and physicians, and nurses.
Provides arrhythmia monitoring data as needed for research projects.
Responds to internal and external customers in a professional manner.
Works efficiently in a fast paced environment.
Maintains a positive attitude and is a team player.
High school diploma or GED.
Completed coursework from a recognized institution in Basic Sciences or
Graduate of an accredited cardiovascular program or equivalent allied health training program or bachelor's or master's degree in a field related to science or physical health.
Two years' experience in the field of Cardiovascular Technology may substitute for post-high school education requirement.
Must pass CCT or CRAT exam and obtain certification within 6 months of hire.
Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) or Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT) provided by Cardiovascular Credentialing International. Must obtain within six months of hire date.
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) (must obtain within 90 days).
Competencies (Complexity of Work):
Must be able to read EKG s with accuracy.
Knowledge of EKG techniques and principles to include EKG skin preparation and electrode placement.
Within scope of job, requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
Must be able to work in a stressful environment.
Requires frequent lifting patients, standing and walking.
Requires full range of motion, manual and finger dexterity with eye-hand coordination.
Physical capability to assist patients from wheel chairs and carts.
Good manual dexterity to program and operate recorders.
Visual acuity to utilize computers and Scanning units for long periods of time.
Personal Protective Equipment:
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