The GI instrument technician will work at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System assisting the GI physician and nurses by carrying out a variety of clinical and supportive tasks in the GI and Hepatobiliary Lab. ***If you are a current VA Agency federal employee, please apply to the internal announcement at CBSU-11167996-21-TJL*** Duties include, but are not limited to: Answers incoming phone calls and secure messages/announcement, email communications. Responds appropriately to patient requests and directs patient clinical questions to the Provider or Registered Nurse. Coordinates between providers, pharmacy, prosthetics, interdisciplinary teams, etc. as needed regarding patient's requests. Retrieves messages from the telephone system and completes appropriate follow-up calls in a timely manner. Accurately retrieves and responds to secure messages/announcements using assigned menu in accordance with computer security regulations. Assists with mailing letters, patient supplies, receiving fax documentation, and medical records. Assists with performing unit/ patient chart audits and ordering of supplies when necessary. Provides clinical assistance: Sets up exam rooms and prepares patients for exams by following current rooming guidelines. Assists with special procedures and chaperones provider upon request under the supervision of Provider or Registered Nurse. Assembles equipment and effectively prepares patients for test and treatments. Measures and records vital signs and chief complaint/s. Reports pertinent changes to provider and documents patientcare provided and patient response to treatment. Assists patients/providers with VVC encounters for example: virtually rooming patients prior to scheduled visits. Assists in the performance of and/or independently performs invasive/non-invasive procedures within scope of practice and proof of competency and training. Sets up all necessary accessories or supplies and advises other healthcare personnel of new equipment, accessories, or supplies. Ensures proper cleaning and performs minor maintenance and adjustments. Assists during procedures involving implementation of specialty devices and or procedures. Recognizes deviations in patients' condition and takes appropriate action. Provides Patient education within scope of care while providing intervention. Follow up care for example: post procedure symptom monitoring and return to clinic instructions. Prepares procedural rooms for the performance of GI procedures. Sets up GI procedure rooms with all required items for each procedure. Such as endoscopes, image management system (ProVation), monitoring, and cautery units. Also, for special procedures including Bravo ph. Studies and Fibroscans, and Manometry. Cleaning before and after a patient has seen a physician. Prepares Semi Critical and Non-Critical Reusable Medical Equipment (RME'S) in accordance with appropriate Standard Operating procedures. Plans and discusses each procedure with the GI team professionals and assures that all supplies and equipment are available prior to the GI procedure. Responsible for ordering specialty supplies. Observes and responds promptly to each stage of the GI procedures and anticipates the needs of the physician and/or fellow by maintaining a high level of concentration. Utilizes universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handling specimens, supplies, and equipment, as well as follows all RME reprocessing protocol for high level disinfection. Assists the GI team members with care of the patient, Ie Positioning, Prepping, and obtaining supplies. Applies various monitoring equipment. Responsible for the accountability for all GI instruments and equipment during the procedure. Responsible for completing department audits within a timely manner and promptly filing audit reports per HIPPA guidelines once completed. Assists the physician and/or fellow with instrumentation necessary to perform the required procedure and treatment such as biopsies, brushings, performing polypectomies, inflation of balloon dilators, and injection of lifting agents during GI procedures. Prepares diagnostic biopsy specimens, assessing the adequacy of each and placing the specimen in the appropriate bottle with the appropriate labeling to meet pathology laboratory specifications during procedures. Assists in the training process of all new hires, including registered nurses and other MIT's in the operation of equipment, proper techniques, handling of instruments; and GI procedures to include the assistant role of invasive procedures and oversees training of specialty procedures. Assesses equipment needs and maintains adequate stock of supplies and materials. Updates personal knowledge regarding current trends in GI procedural technology through continuing education courses. Placing post calls to patients after their procedure and reporting any patient concerns or adverse incident findings to Management. Maintains competencies and training as required by GI unit Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 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.
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