The Medical Instrument Technician Gastroenterology (GI) position is located in the Gastroenterology Section within the Medicine Service. The incumbent, as a member of the GI Team, assists in the performance of diagnostic exams that include complex endoscopic procedures such as esopagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD),colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). The Medical Instrument Technician (GI) performs clinical and clerical work in support of a wide range of basic and complex, specialized gastroenterology diagnostic exams, procedures and tests. The incumbent assists the nurse in patient care duties. He/she takes, records and monitors vital signs; measures height and weight; and draws blood for lab studies. The incumbent enters patient information into their electronic medical record. The technician observes changes in patient's condition and reports any change to the charge nurse or physician. He/she provides patients with information concerning examination/procedure and pre and post-operative care based on standard protocol. The incumbent prepares, drapes and positions patient for specific exam; and collects, processes and labels all specimens. The incumbent applies and changes sterile dressings. The technician is proficient with GI endoscopic equipment. He/she ensures cleanliness and disinfection/sterilization techniques are used in the maintenance of medical instruments and equipment. The incumbent ensures proper performance of endoscopic equipment; selects alternate equipment or adjusts equipment settings to accommodate patient needs; and promptly reports any equipment malfunctions. Performs and/or assists in diagnostic examinations. Procedures include but are not limited to: Anoscopy, Cholangiograms, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Esophagogatroduodenoscopy, Esophageal Biopsy, Esophageal dilation, Gastrostomy (PEG), Gastric Biopsy,Proctosigmoidoscopy, Pancreaticobiliary endoscopy,APC, Pancreatograms, Gastric Biopsy, and Sigmoidoscopy. The incumbent instructs the patient in the procedure to be performed and takes part in the post-procedure care of the patient. The incumbent works with the state-of-the-art technology such as the Olympus Imaging System, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatic Grams, Fluoroscopy x-ray. Educates patients in the procedure to be performed and takes part in the post-procedure care of the patient. The technician prepares patient examination room. Transports patients via wheelchair or stretcher and assists patients with mobility problems. Cleans exam room after examination/procedure and restocks needed supplies at appropriate levels. He/she inventories equipment/supplies and maintains par levels of specialty equipment for the GI Section. The technician occasionally provides clerical support for the GI Section. He/she ensures that patient medical information is available according to clinic schedule. The incumbent obtains patients tests, x-rays and lab results as needed. Answers phone and directs calls to appropriate staff member. Schedules appointments, records patient no shows, reschedules appointments and makes reminder calls. Mails appointment and instruction letters. Records incoming consults and ensures consults are scheduled timely. Utilizes computer software packages applicable to clinic activities, e.g., to capture workload, enter statistical data, enter information into the patient's electronic medical record, and prepare correspondence. Uses word processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving email. Uses the Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VistA) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 07:45 - 16:15 w/ call rotation (may change based upon department needs) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600221900
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