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Cardiac Telemetry Technician

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston

Job Description

The Cardiac Telemtry Technician works under the supervision and direction of the nurse. The Telemetry Technician observes ECG tracings on monitored patients; reports rhythm changes and arrhythmias to the nurse caring for the patient, documents rhythms and arrhythmias and records rhythm strips and other data per policy.

Essential Responsibilities:

Recognizes, identifies, analyzes, and documents arrhythmias, abnormal cardiac rhythms, rhythm changes and promptly reports changes to nurse. Enters patient data into arrhythmia computer system. Sets alarm limits according to alarm parameter guidelines.
Configures individualization of the arrhythmia alarm as directed. Initiates telemetry documentation system. Ensures proper placement of monitoring leads for optimal signal. Documents rhythm, heart rate and intervals.
Validates 1, 2 and 3 star alarms and takes appropriate steps. Notifies the nurse if this is a new alarm or change for the patient. Reviews trends and alarm history every 2 hours and documents on the telemetry record. Trouble shoots central station, monitors, transmitters, and patient cables.
Cleans and disinfects telemetry transmitter after each patient use, including changing batters and leads as necessary. Ensures the return of the telemetry transmitter after it is discontinued. Maintains log for telemetry usage.
Performs shift checks of printer and strip recorder and other associated equipment. Ensures that all equipment is adequately maintained. Arranges repairs as necessary. Maintains equipment logs. Monitors the unit's physical environment. Identifies problems and coordinates activities with support departments to maintain the physical integrity of the monitoring station.

Required Qualifications:

High School diploma or GED required .
0-1 years related work experience required.
Completion of approved course in basic arrhythmia interpretation.
Basic familiarity with computers. Ability to navigate at a basic level within web-based applications.

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge of medical terminology.

Competencies:
Written Communications:Ability to read, and write in English in order to understand basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively with patients, families and other medical center staff; and respond to basic questions.
Oral Communications:Ability to understand spoken English in order to follow basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively in basic English with patients, families and medical center staff in response to routine questions.
Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate basic knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures with the ability to use them in routine situations. Specialized knowledge not required.
Team Work:Ability to interact respectfully with other employees, professional staff and/or external contacts to offer ideas, identify issues, obtain information or deliver services.
Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.

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