The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesia). The Medical Instrument Technician will function in Anesthesiology Service. Duties include, but are not limited to: Performs logistical and technical support, assisting and anticipating the needs of anesthesia personnel in direct patient care often during difficult cases. Adapt and prioritize known objectives to ensure patient safety under minimal supervision and with considerable latitude for independent judgment. Guidelines include written policies and procedures, previous training and accepted practices, equipment manuals, handbooks, research articles, computer searches, and instructions from supervisors, equipment manufacturers and biomedical engineering. Provide technical expertise in the calibration, maintenance, operation, and troubleshooting of a broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic medical instruments and equipment. Many equipment systems consist of complex integrated computer controls with multiple interconnected subsystems. Requires knowledge, judgment and creativity to adapt and integrate equipment to new or difficult procedures or settings (i.e., ability to modify a blood pressure manometer to measure CPAP in one lung ventilation). Knowledge of the more complex procedures and techniques in the practice of anesthesiology such as extracorporeal blood salvage, washing and return to patient (auto transfusion or cell saving) and arterial and/or venous cannulation. Services anesthesia equipment within level of expertise, performing preventative maintenance. Ability to evaluate and then request replacement parts for worn or failed components as needed. Requires familiarity with equipment under service contract and warranty. Maintains and arranges allocation and distribution of anesthesia equipment and supplies to ensure timely availability for all anesthesia care providers in or out of the Operating Room Suite. Must understand and have the ability to independently anticipate the clinical needs based on the seriousness of common illnesses, equipment parameters and limitations, procedure objectives and provide appropriate equipment and assistance as needed to optimize the situation and verify accurate results. For all cases in or out of the Operating Room Suite: ensures all emergency equipment are available; set up, calibrate and troubleshoot ventilators and all routine monitors; assists in preparation of IV solutions, medication infusion equipment, invasive monitor fluid lines and transducers.. As a regular function of their job they must perform laboratory tests for the Operating Room including blood gas analysis, activated clotting time, and thromboelastograph. Assists anesthesia personnel in many intense complicated procedures including: controlled and emergent airway management, establishing and maintaining invasive monitoring, various medication infusion systems, positioning and transporting of unstable patients. Many situations are new or emergent and require sophisticated, efficient evaluation along with independent and decisive action. Recognizes abnormalities in patient responses to treatment or equipment function. Notifies team and troubleshoots cause of erroneous result. Efficiently makes adjustments as necessary within realm of expertise to optimize immediate situation and informs appropriate personnel for follow up as needed. Must possess a thorough understanding of and constantly abide by "Standard Precautions" protocol. Regularly assists clinicians with special assignments such as large vessel cannulations and subsequent insertion of monitoring with full understanding and adherence to sterile technique through out of OR procedures from set-up to completion. Works safely with hazardous materials (i.e., Cidex, LpH germicidal detergent and Clenzime) using all safety equipment and procedures set forth by governing agencies protecting self and others. Collects and documents all necessary statistics and quality control data as per VAPA policy, OSHA, JCAHO, NAFDA, and the American Pathologists Certification (CAP). Incumbent will work on troubleshooting, operating, and storing intraoperative cell savage equipment. Continually demonstrates appropriate, respectful communications with patients, surgeons, nursing staff, CRNAs and attending anesthesiologists. Willingness to adjust tour of duty to cover colleagues when on leave to ensure clinical needs of the department are met. Uses initiative to learn new developments in the field and to recommend changes to improve service, correct deficiencies, and improve reliability of test and treatment results based on hospital, Infection Control and safety standards. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 11:00 am - 7:30 pm with infrequent rotating call Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD91555A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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