Provides direct care for an assigned group of patients. Shares accountability for quality patient outcomes. Observes the bank of electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors and alert nurses and physicians to changes in the patient's rate, rhythm and the occurrence of dysrhythmias in the Telemetry Unit. Performs functions requiring skill and demonstrated competency such as, but not limited to: phlebotomy, EKG, obtaining specimens and cultures, activities of daily living, simple wound dressings and vital signs.
Performs various procedures as directed.
Sets-up and operates telemetry and electrocardiogram equipment.
Observes cardiac monitor tracing of assigned patients on telemetry.
Monitors ECG monitoring bank.
Places patient on cardiac monitoring using proper skin preparation.
Obtains clear, readable six second strips.
Ensures monitor alarms are "on" when patient is on unit.
Records measurements of heart rate, PR interval and QRs on rhythm strips.
Documents rhythms with measurements on worksheet of all patients once a shift as necessary.
Identifies NSR, SB, ST Asytole, PAC'S, SVT, A-Fib, A-Flutter, PVC's, VT, Bigeminy, Trigeminy.
Ensures recorded rhythm strips are mounted and placed on patient's chart after review by the nurse.
Documents changes in rhythm and rate; and notifies nurse.
Provides nurses with initial rate and rhythm interpretation within 30 minutes of being connected to monitor.
Implements cardiac monitoring orders as requested by the nurse.
Review cardiac monitoring orders as requested by the nurse.
Participates in the orientation of new telemetry technicians.
Assists in ordering telemetry supplies and maintaining equipment.
Maintains necessary supplies and inventory.
Completes requisition forms with necessary data to maintain a supply of materials.
Calls Bio-Medical Engineering/Maintenance, as necessary, for mechanical problems.
Cleans cardiac monitoring equipment per infection control and bioengineering procedures
Assists with the admissions and discharge processes.
Performs direct patient care as assigned for designated group of patients including but not limited to grade I and II decubitus care; activities of daily living appropriate to patient's condition; delegated patient care procedures; certain diagnostic tests consistent with established procedures; and phlebotomy.
Performs related duties, as required.
High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
Currently certified by the New York State Department of Health as an AEMT-CC or EMT-P, preferred.
One (1) year active, full-time experience either in a pre-hospital setting or hospital setting as EMT-P or AEMT-CC OR one (1) year current experience as a telemetry technician, preferred.