The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is a Complexity Level 1a Facility and provides extensive primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary care in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and community settings. VAPORHCS is a multi-site medical system that includes a major medical facility in Portland, Oregon, outpatient and residential facilities in Vancouver, Washington, and 10 Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) works in the Cardiology Department of the Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine (DHSM) performs complex, non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostic procedures, and all associated administrative workload, for the Cardiology Support Services Lab. The incumbent is required to perform a full range of diagnostic procedures using complex and technical monitoring equipment, including special and complicated examinations for which there are no standard instructions or procedure, including cardiac stress testing, electrocardiograms, ambulatory cardiac monitoring and any related non-invasive cardiopulmonary exam as necessary. The incumbent has specialized knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biological systems and can collect data related to physiologic changes during any procedure. Duties include, but are not limited to: Properly identifies patient using facility-wide established method and enters all pertinent patient information into equipment. Initiates, and terminates, non-invasive cardiac exams performed in the Cardiology Support Services Lab, under direction of provider. Possesses knowledge of non-invasive cardiac exams, including stress tests, electrocardiogram exams, and the full range of non-invasive ambulatory cardiac monitoring. Uses correct lead placement for all exams to accurately obtain diagnostic tracings on all exams. Assigns non-invasive exams to interpreting physician within 24 hours of receipt if the provider is reading off-line, or daily if the provider is reading on-line. Completes editing of exam interpretation within 48 hours of receipt. Audits exam storage system weekly to notify interpreting physician of any outstanding, uninterpreted exam over two weeks. Provides patient education regarding cardiac monitoring process, application, and completion. Interacts with all outside vendor software to classify rhythms and document symptomatic episodes and alerts providers per established lab protocol. Interacts and communicates as a liaison between cardiac monitoring vendor, VAPORHCS, and patient to ensure diagnostic results are obtained, proper education and assistance provided, and to ensure proper in-house inventory of equipment. Provides support to provider performing exercise stress testing by patient education, documentation of any patient vitals collected, documentation of symptoms, and provide other assistance as needed. Operates all lab equipment to collect specific data, including the ability to make compensatory adjustments to align with the multitude of physical and physiologic patient variations and provides guidance and education regarding calibration. Provides education, guidance, and oversight of all equipment to lower graded medical instrument technicians. Ensures mandated code cart testing is performed, arranges for code cart exchange before expiration. Uses proper infection control policies when performing duties. Demonstrates compliance with all infection control practices, including the use of personal protective equipment, hand washing, and following facility reusable medical equipment policies. Responsible for tracking supply inventory, ensuring all supplies are adequately stocked in patient care rooms. Communicates with cardiac monitoring vendor to ensure adequate supplies and equipment are available. Evaluates notification criteria, and ensures these criteria are implemented and followed. Keeps informed of new developments in the field of Non-Invasive Cardiac Support Services. Develops and maintains expertise in the use, understanding, and care of regularly used equipment as well as new equipment. Trains and mentor's new EKG technicians, health technicians and nurses. Assigns specific tasks based on learning needs and assessment. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm OR 6am to 4:30pm* Compressed/Flexible: *See tour listed in Work Schedule Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (EKG)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.