Catholic Health Initiatives MONITOR TECH -UNIT BASED POOL - PRN in HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas

MONITOR TECH -UNIT BASED POOL - PRN

Description

JOB SUMMARY : Observes, identifies and documents cardiac rhythms and pulse oximetry readings of patients monitored through the central monitor station. Responds appropriately to the occurrences of the life-threatening or potentially life-threatening arrhythmias. Communicates patient’s rhythm and monitor alerts effectively with RN caring for patient and other department personnel as applicable.

Essential Functions:

  1. OPERATES PATIENT MONITORING EQUIPMENT

Maintains log of physician orders for telemetry monitors and for pulse oximetry

Initiates telemetry or pulse oximetry within 30 minutes of receiving physician order

Admits, discharges, suspends patients in the monitor bank.

Changes alarm limits as appropriate for safe monitoring and per order.

Verifies that leads are in place when tracing deviates from anticipated pattern or rhythm.

Locates and prints rhythms from “History”

Operates essential equipment in the central monitor station including transmitters, monitor banks, and printer

  1. PERFORMS EKG’S

Actively identifies the patient as the appropriate patient for the procedure

Applies EKG leads using cardiac landmarks and records ECG

Records patient demographics in the EKG cart prior to obtaining EKG

  1. INTERPRETS CARDIAC RHYTHMS and PULSE OXIMETRY

Correctly measures PR and QRS interval and rate.

Identifies rate and rhythm of monitor strips

Recognizes significant changes in rate and/or cardiac rhythm.

Identifies life-threatening and/or potentially life-threatening arrhythmias.

Successfully completes annual dysrhythmia competency.

Identifies normal pulse oximetry readings and pulse oximetry range specific for each patient

  1. DOCUMENTS CARDIAC RHYTHM and PULSE OXIMETRY

Records patient’s rhythm every 2 hours on appropriate form.

Documents entropy and/or other transient rhythms.

Obtains representative rhythm strip every 8 hours, analyzes and mounts for patient record.

Records rhythm strip to document significant changes in rate and/or rhythm.

Delivers representative rhythm strips and copy of unit telemetry log to assigned unit

Documents pulse oximetry readings every 8 hours.

  1. MAINTAINS EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

When patient is admitted, verifies TTX number of transmitter with TTX number assigned room.

Verifies each shift the location of all transmitters, ECG cables, and pulse oximetry on assigned units and documents.

Cleans remote transmitters and cables between patient use.

Promptly reports malfunctions of monitoring equipment to clinical engineering.

Notifies supervisor when monitor inventory is low as defined in the policy

Notifies supervisor when monitor is discovered missing

  1. COMMUNICATES EFFECTIVELY

Notifies nurse on the patient care unit when unable to obtain patient ECG or pulse oximetry signal.

Notifies nurse of significant change in rate, rhythm of cardiac monitor or oxygen saturation reading of pulse oximetry.

Notifies nurse by emergency phone system in the event of life threatening dysrhythmia or pulse oximetry reading.

Escalates communication to supervisor when unable to receive a response to alerts when notifying the patient care unit

Communicates with the patient at a level that the patient can comprehend.

Explains the procedure to the patient

Ensures that communication in the presence of the patient is patient related.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :

Education: High school diploma, GED, Metropolitan Test or equivalent; successful completion of Dysrhythmia competency.

Experience : Prefer previous experience as a Monitor Technician preferred.

Physical Requirements : This job requires, at various times, the following physical activities; hearing, climbing, balancing, stopping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, carrying, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking, and hearing. Requires excellent visual acuity. The individual in this position may be required to carry or lift weight of up to 50 lbs. and push/pull 100-150 lbs. Individuals in this position could possibly be exposed to inside/outside environmental conditions, blood borne pathogens and body fluids, chemical hazards, respiratory hazards and radiological hazards.

Skills : Ability to interpret cardiac rhythms and identify life-threatening arrhythmias. Ability to follow established policies and processes. Ability to communicate effectively with nursing staff and physicians.

Job Patient Care Support

Primary Location ARKANSAS-HOT SPRINGS-CHI HOSPITAL HOT SPRINGS

Daily Schedule PRN

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 0

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2017-R0121162