The Emergency Department Tech provides clinical patient care support in a caring, safe, and efficient manner, under the direction of a RN. The Emergency Department Tech also performs other functions including clerical duties, admitting and discharging patients in multiple computer systems, phlebotomy, EKG lead placement, trauma care, and respiratory functions.
LIST THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY THIS POSITION
Responds appropriately in lifesaving situations.
Measures and documents intake and output, heights and weights, and vital signs.
Applies, monitors, and documents restraint usage.
Performs safety checks q 15 min on high risk patients.
Responsible for obtaining timed cardiac markers on patients with life threatening heart disease.
Verifies all patients are registered by an admission specialist before discharge, corrects any errors in systems.
Knowledgeable of key signs of distress which would require immediate placement of patient in ED during arrival at triage desk.
Performs and documents patient mobility and exercise, and comfort, rest, and sleep care needs.
Performs and documents patient hygiene, grooming, and dressing, skin and nail care, dietary, and toileting and elimination needs.
Assists with admitting, physical examination, transferring, and discharging patients.
Transports patients, lab work, specimens, and blood.
Organizes equipment and supplies. Assembles equipment; cleans and disinfects equipment. Maintains disinfectant solutions per infection control policies. Communicates with bio medical engineering for equipment malfunctions.
Knowledgeable of supplies and equipment in trauma room. Stock trauma room in preparation for Level 1 and 2 trauma patients.
Applies unsterile hot/cold packs/compresses, bandages, elastic stockings, etc. and documents.
Safely and correctly operates equipment (i.e. beds, wheelchairs, stretchers, hypo/hyperthermia unit, mechanical lifts, bed scales).
Receives oncoming and gives off-going reports.
Adheres to Universal precaution, infection control, OSHA, and other regulatory policies and procedures. Maintains safe work practices and follows facility safety procedures.
Performs venipuncture for specimen collection under the direction of the RN. Appropriately labels and ensures delivery to the Clinical Laboratory.
Performs routine 12-lead electrocardiography testing under the direction of the RN.
20. Assists the RN or RT with the placement of nasal canula
Assist MD’s and NP/PAs with procedure set-ups including sterile fields.
Transcribes and enters physician orders, department orders and messages accurately into the computer. Writes legibly and transcribes orders accurately. Pages consults as needed.
Presents a pleasant, courteous, effective manner with telephone conversations and interactions with others. Locates providers for consults.
Sets up admission charts and disassembles discharged and transferred charts, checking for completeness.
Performs safety checks on equipment and performs QA/QC on point of care testing machines.
26. Handles desk communications properly and promptly, including responding immediately to intercom, pages and routing of messages to appropriate person.
Updates the patients file and hospital billing system with information necessary to complete the collection cycle. Obtains patient/guarantor signatures for the purpose of release of information.
Ensures that assignment of patient’s medical record number is accurate according to patient information received.
Ensures that the ordering, attending, referring, and primary care physicians are documented in the hospital computer system (SMS) correctly.
Provides care/support to patients with orthopedic injuries i.e. splint, crutch training and assists physician.
31. Perform wound care irrigation.
32. Assist helicopter crew in transporting patient into hospital.
33. Take all necessary steps to ensure safeguarding of patients clothing and valuables.
34. Keep track of all equipment and supplies used. Notifies appropriate person regarding broken or lost equipment and missing supplies.
35. Uses A.I.D.E.T. when communicating with patients, families, visitors, co-workers and customers.
36. Comply with all hospital and departmental policies, mandatory training, and competencies.
37. Assists in orientation of new employees as necessary.
38. Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION & TRAINING: High School Graduate or equivalent, completion of a recognized Clinical Assistant. Medical Assistant or EMT Training Program or Nursing Students who have completed Fundamentals of Nursing Course from an accredited school of nursing. Knowledge of computer and basic equipment.
External candidates One of the following is Required: Certification as a Nursing Assistant (C.N.A), Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), must be current and in good standing with state licensing board, or be enrolled in an accredited school of nursing with completion of Fundamentals of Nursing Course. LPNs may apply.
Internal candidates: Same as External Applicants
Must have a minimum of 1 year work experience with the University of Louisville Hospital and completion of an onsite CA Fundamentals Class. All candidates must have the following: ability to read, interpret, and follow detailed oral, written and illustrated instructions; ability to write simple sentences to complete forms, chart patient data and detail medical instructions for subsequent care; and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, care givers, other employees and the general public.
LICENSE & CERTIFICATION:
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR REQUIRED