The Durham NC VA Health Care System has an immediate opening for a Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesia) to work within our Anesthesiology Service. Functions: Equipment The AT has the ability to set up and use a variety of equipment including but not limited to: IV fluids, invasive monitoring lines, blood warmers, patient warming devices, monitoring system, SVO2 swan, anesthesia gas machines and the various components with it. The AT has knowledge of surgical procedures and the ability to assist in operation of a variety of anesthesia equipment to administer routine and specialized functions unique to anesthesiology. The anesthesia technician can troubleshoot equipment as required and/or perform minor repairs, or refer equipment to the Bio-Medical Engineering Department for repair. The anesthesia technician will recognize and report equipment failure to the Chief CRNA and/or Chief Anesthesiologist. The AT enters electronic work orders for broken equipment as needed. Maintain competencies of equipment. Direct Patient Care During the designated shift, the AT remains in the work area to support assigned rooms and is immediately available to assist in routine and emergency procedures. The AT prepares, assists with and/or start intravenous lines. The AT is proficient in applying patient monitoring devices used in the Operating Room. The AT obtains blood products, and assists with proper identification of blood products. The AT has the ability to assist in all patient care procedures as directed by the attending anesthesiologist, CRNA, and anesthesiology residents. Airway Management The AT makes available, assembles and assists in the operation of specialized equipment used for difficult airway management. Maintains emergency airway cart and all identified supplies and equipment for use. Able to recognize need to assemble, obtain, and assist with difficult airway management from information given by anesthesia provider. Infection Control Techniques The AT prepares equipment for pre-cleaning prior to ETO sterilization in SPS as required. Cleans reusable medical equipment according to manufacturer's specifications. Cleaning and Restocking The AT maintains, cleans, and organizes the anesthesia work stations on a daily basis; removes all special, reusable and nonessential equipment after cases. Cleans anesthesia machines and carts, according department and Infection Control guidelines. Maintains supplies in special procedure carts and drawers (e.g., Emergency Airway Cart, Regional/Block Anesthesia Cart, Malignant Hyperthermia and Latex Free drawers). Recognizes and adheres to Standard Precautions and aseptic technique. Handles equipment and supplies to insure usability and safety. Understands Material Safety Data Sheets for all items. Pharmacy The AT prepares Pharmacy order for medications and supplies used in the anesthesiology department. Works with Pharmacy to avoid shortages or unavailability of commonly used medications. Anticipates need for new supplies based on expiration date of said supplies, and lets Pharmacy Director know in advance of needs. Advises Chief Nurse Anesthetist or designee when needed to resolve issues. Supplies The AT inventories, orders, and maintains departmental stock of supplies consistent with surgical demand. Maintains stock levels adequate to avoid waste, outdated drugs, and outdated sterile supplies. Guidance The AT helps provide guidance and direction to ensure all tasks are completed by anesthesia technicians, good working relationships maintained, and priorities, goals, and needs of the Anesthesiology Department are met. Distributes and balances workload/tasks among other anesthesia technicians when working as Early Anesthesia Technician. Trains or assists with training of other anesthesia technicians with new equipment and/or procedures. Assures each team member has an integral role in developing and distribution of the workload. Testing The AT performs Point of Care tests as required. This includes blood glucose testing, and assists with arterial blood gases, PT-INR, and ACT. Assistance The AT assists anesthesia providers as requested with procedures, including: preparation, draping and securing intravenous sites, invasive monitoring, central venous access, regional anesthesia and other procedures. Anticipates need for invasive monitoring according to the daily OR schedule. Participates in a system to support and continually improve the quality of anesthesia services provided. Attends bimonthly staff meetings. Participates in Quality Improvement. Work Schedule: 10 hours 6:00a - 4:30p and 7:30a - 6:30p; Varying work schedules Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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