The 2 North Telemetry Technician is under the supervision of a licensed professional. They are responsible for monitoring patients on cardiac telemetry monitoring and continuously watch and records changes in rhythm. Maintains and records all activities for the shift. Performs 12 lead EKG's. On-going communication with physician and patient care providers. The telemetry tech is responsible for cleaning the telemetry monitoring equipment with the appropriate disinfectant per hospital policy and reporting any maintenance issues. They are also responsible for ordering supplies related to cardiac telemetry monitoring.
Initiates telemetry monitoring as ordered by physician
Verifies correct patient by using 2 identifiers; i.e. hospital identification armband and date of birth.
Uses correct technique to prepare the skin, attaches patient electrodes according to policy and establishes monitoring
Verifies transmission and reception
Within 15 minutes obtains a baseline strip for the RN to interpret
Posts the EKG strip in the patients chart
Sets high, low and arrhythmia alarms according to policy
Maintains continuous monitoring
Posts a minimum of 1 strip in patients chart every 8 hours
Demonstrates knowledge of basic rhythm identification and alerts RN of any changes in pattern, rate and arrhythmias
Changes electrodes as needed. Rotates sites a minimum of every 48 hours
If artifact occurs or electrodes lose contact ensures that monitoring is reestablished immediately.
Replaces batteries as needed, maintaining an adequate par level
Ensures that the monitoring central station is never left without qualified personnel in attendance.
Maintains telemetry monitoring at remote site
Establishes and monitors patients in other locations as noted in competency number 1
Notifies nursing staff on remote units of any rhythm changes or transmission problems.
Follows up with nursing staff to ensure that reception is reestablished to ensure patient safety
Notifies the supervisor if no response from remote site staff if monitoring not reestablished
At the end of each shift the tech posts the telemetry strips on the appropriate charts on the remote units
Disposes of electrodes and pouches in red bags
Removes batteries, tests and disposes of according to policy if needed
Cleans lead wires and transmitter according to policy
Maintains supplies in supply tray
Handles transmitters that have been on isolation patients according to policy
Required to successfully complete a basic EKG course
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