Medical Instrument Technician (Electroencephalography-EEG)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Internal Number: 623901800
You are responsible for rendering Neurophysiology Laboratory services ordered by and in collaboration with the physician on all tours of duty with minimal or no direct supervision. An EEG/EMG Technician works under the general supervision of the medical director or designee to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of epilepsy and neuromuscular disorders. This may involve performing EEG and EMG/nerve conduction study procedures, patient care/education, and lab maintenance. EEG/EMG technologist shall have an background in neurophysiology recording technology with proficiency in patient care. Knowledge of anticonvulsant medications and their effects on the EEG as well as other frequently used pharmaceuticals. Responsible for reviewing patient history as it relates to epilepsy and neuromuscular disorders; responsible for explaining various procedures to patients. Independently perform EEG or EMG procedures on patients with possible epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, or other medical conditions as well as continuous EEG monitoring procedures, when needed, on inpatients with possible intermittent epileptic seizures. You will perform various stimulus procedures on patients during studies hyperventilation and photic stimulation, unless contraindicated. Responsible for safe and proper operation of all equipment used in the Neurophysiology Laboratory. Keep inventory and initiate timely purchase requests to avoid disruption of schedule. Skilled in computer databases and word processing and/or is willing to attend courses to obtain such skills. Verify correct instrument calibration and operation using established procedures. Identify the cause of common problems and notify engineering service when appropriate. Obtain technical or factory assistance in order to fully utilize the equipment to its full potential. You may perform one-hour EEG recording procedures and 6-hour video-EEG recording procedures and is able to recognize sleep onset during nap these procedures. Remain current on technological developments related, but not limited to, neurophysiology recording technology. Willing to attend courses in EEG or EMG technology to adapt to future technologic changes and continue educational development. Participate in the development of new procedures and assists and reviews existing procedures, updating them in accordance with new equipment and clinical practice. Assists in planning for equipment needs for the Neurophysiology Laboratory. Provides instruction to other Neurophysiology Laboratory Staff. Possesses advanced knowledge of uncommon epilepsy types and neuromuscular conditions and is familiar with the treatment of those disorders. Assesses Quality of Care according to American Clinical Neurophysiology Society and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine guidelines. Interacts with staff physicians regarding the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and neuromuscular disorders. Maintains BLS. Have professional knowledge of medical technology principles, concepts, techniques, and methodology as related to clinical neurophysiology and independently perform complex EEG studies over an extended period of time (8 hours) during the day without a supervisor present continuously. Shall have Professional knowledge of medical technology principles, concepts, techniques, and methodology as related to neuromuscular neurophysiology and independently perform complex nerve conduction studies with a supervisor nearby, but not necessarily in the same room. Possesses knowledge and skill in calibrating, operating and maintaining many instruments used in clinical neurophysiology and electrodiagnostic medicine, including electroencephalograph, electroculograph, electrocardiograph, electrical stimulators, and nerve conduction detectors. Possesses extensive skill, training, experience and judgement on the appropriate actions in order to remedy difficulties or to improve the overall validity of the diagnostic studies. Recognize which medical complaints may be minor and may need supervisor attention and which may require an immediate code Blue and initiating of CPR. You will be in contact with patients with significant cardiac or respiratory disease: therefore, knowledge of basic respiratory physiology is needed. You must be able to recognize important EEG patterns such as seizure activity and status epilepticus which would require the Medical Director and House Staff to be contacted immediately to come and evaluate the patient. Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision of these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols that pertain to EEG and EMG/NCS required. Handling of materials which are toxic or flammable (used to prepare the skin for electrode placement or clean the skin) and of materials safety procedures for handling and storing these materials in the Neurophysiology Laboratory. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at carrying grade levels. Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training. Work Schedule: M- F 0800-1630; will require occasional over time as required. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (EEG/EMG)/534-10807F Financial Disclosure Report: N/A
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.