The Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC has an immediate opening for a Medical Instrument Technician (EEG/Electroencephalography) to work within the Medicine Service. Functions: Equipment: The technician will independently operate a variety of neurodiagnostic equipment to administer routine and specialized diagnostic or treatment procedures. The technician will conduct routine maintenance and adjustment checks on the equipment. The technician will recognize and trouble shoot equipment failures. They will communicate with manufacturer technical support to fix equipment problems. They will communicate with Bio-medical engineering to fix equipment problems. They will notify supervisor if unable to fix equipment problems. Medical Terminology: The technician will understand more advanced medical terminology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuroradiology and how it relates to the neurodiagnostic testing being performed. The technician will have knowledge of acute neurologic disorders and their effects on organs and methods of treatment. The technician knows antiepileptic and other medication (neuropharmacology) effect on neurodiagnostic studies. The technician will have the ability to interpret testing data to provide information for medical or surgical staff during testing procedures. Testing: The EEG technician will utilize standard or alternate position for patients with common physical disabilities for the procedure being performed. They will utilize two methods of patient identification. They will fully explain the testing procedure to the patient and family members and alleviate fears. The technician is able to deal with more complex or difficult patients. They will utilize the 10/20 method of electrode application during EEG's. The technician will follow established laboratory protocol in performing standard and specialized EEG, NCV, IOM, MSLT's, EP's, Polysomnograms, and LTM's. They will obtain written permission to perform audio and video during the procedures that require such. They will perform routine and specialized activation procedures during the EEG's and know the contraindications to performing the activations. They will recognize the various biologic and non-biologic (artifacts) EEG, NCV, and EP waveforms. They will know and perform corrective actions to document, eliminate, or monitor artifacts. They will make changes in recording techniques and parameters and utilize additional monitors, electrodes, or other devices to optimize display of the clinical question. The technician recognizes clinical manifestations of various types of epileptic and non epileptic seizures as they occur and utilized established laboratory guidelines to perform cognitive testing of patient during event. Annotates observed behavior or anomalies on recordings. The technician insures adequacy of EEG recording during seizure discharges. They utilize video EEG telemetry system with seizure and spike detection software. They use equipment specific processing software to execute several automation functions such as storing, retrieving, and transferring, electronic document and files. Technician has the ability to interface and/or adapt neurodiagnostic testing equipment, settings and/or procedures to unusual, complex, and often critical situations. The technician will utilize cpap therapy according to established laboratory protocols. The technician will deliver low flow oxygen according to laboratory and/or physician orders. They will recognize life threatening or medically emergent patient situations and will take proper action to provide emergent care. Patient Safety: The EEG technician will know the typical patient reaction to the neurodiagnostic procedure being performed and know signs of patient distress. They will understand electrical safety and recognize unsafe recording equipment and environments. They will perform the proper corrective actions to ensure an electrically safe recording often in hostile environments such as the operating room or intensive care areas. The technician will take proper actions to ensure patient safety during neurodiagnostic testing. The technician will utilize proper hospital and laboratory infection control guidelines. They will understand and follow the hospital HIPPA guidelines. They will be BCLS certified. Communications: The technician will interact with other healthcare professionals to discuss the indications, value, possible outcomes, and limitations of testing. The technician will communicate both orally and in writing with patients, visitors, non healthcare and a variety of healthcare professionals. They will communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels. They will utilize The Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VistA) and CPRS to access patient information, receive memoranda, and send and receive work related e-mail. ALL OTHER DUTIES ASSIGNED. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. *flexibility in tour may be allowed Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599932600
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