JOB DESCRIPTION: Assists the physician in performing all routine and complex gastro-intestinal diagnostic procedures. Orients and trains lower level technicians, provides pre and post-operative education to patients, reviews procedure schedule and makes suggestions to improve workflow. Deals directly with other hospital departments to schedule patient procedures, order supplies, or conduct in-service education to other staff members of the hospital. Performs techniques using specialized equipment such as endoscopes, light sources, and GID accessory equipment, cautery and photocoagulation, monitoring equipment, peritoneoscopy equipment, motility machines, or other related equipment; performs preventive maintenance on equipment and troubleshoots equipment problems. Knows inventory standards and location of equipment and supplies; communicates low inventory to manager and orders supplies from other departments. Properly disposes of broken equipment. Sets up and assists the gastroenterologist with procedures such as gastroscopy, dilatation, colonoscopy, electrocoaugtery, flexible protoscopy, anoscopy, peritoneoscopy, liver biopsy, sclerosis, motility, secretin studies, gastric analysis, small bowel endoscopy, transesophageal cardiography, or other procedures. Assists the gastroenterologist with specimen collection for biopsy, cytology, fecal, viral cultures, duedenal aspirate, and others. Operate EKG and other monitoring equipment, discontinue IV fluids, begin and assist in CPR, administer oxygen, monitor vital signs during endoscopy or recovery room procedures and notify the physician of any abnormalities or significant changes. Under nursing or physician supervision, may draw-up and administer medications. Teaches patients about procedure to be performed using verbal explanations, pamphlets and relevant audiovisual aids. Follows up with physician or nurse to address and answer patients' questions before and after procedure is completed. Verifies that a properly signed consent form is obtained prior to any procedure. Instructs transporters to pick-up and discharge patients from nursing units or other hospital departments and/or GID Lab. May be required to transport both in-patients and outpatients to and from GID Lab by wheelchair or stretcher. Works with manager to formulate plan for professional development. Attends educational in-services as appropriate. Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments. Keeps accurate and complete records of procedure charges, data sheets, specimen/laboratory slips, medicines given, adverse reactions, equipment sent for repair, and other required documentation. Coordinates patient scheduling with other hospital departments. Assists in training new employees in the GID Lab and assists in training visiting personnel from other hospitals. May conduct GID in-service training for non-GID personnel. Performs other related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Two years Gastro-Intestinal Diagnostic Laboratory Technician experience.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock , Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation , Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.