UPMC Student Neurodiagnostic Tech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Description

Purpose:

UPMC offersan extensive training program that allows you to learn while earning a salary! Training includes subspecialty in-service sessions, clinical skills and equipment training.Perform EEG procedures to established guidelines, assess conditions and abnormalities affecting the EEG, and maintain/manage EEG equipment function under the supervision of senior EEG instructor/technologists, EEG Medical Director, and Program Manager Neurology, learns to prepare patients of all ages/mental status for EEG procedures. Learn to perform these procedures in the EEG Lab, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, at the patient's bedside, ER, and in the critical care areas.

Responsibilities:

    • Support the departmental goals of quality care, system improvement, and cost containment by contributing to the successful implementation of recommended changes, cost awareness and fiscal responsibility
  • Attend annual Hospital and departmental fire/safety and infection control training and maintain current knowledge of safety procedures within the Hospital and department.

  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills and the ability to perform testing on a wide variety and age range of patients.

  • Improve and/or support others in improving the health and well-being of all patients through excellence in patient care, teaching and research.

  • Learn about EEG procedures and how to explain the procedure to patient and caregiver in a clear, concise manner. Able to do so on an age/mental status appropriate level.

  • Learn anatomy and physiology of the nervous system as it pertains to EEG testing. Learn medical terminology used in EEG/Neurology.

  • Learn routine video EEG monitoring procedures, and procedures for surgical evaluation of patients with seizures.

  • Learn to implement alternative montages and instrument settings in order to better define artifact, normal variants, and EEG abnormalities.

  • Learn to maintain equipment cleanliness, bi-weekly preventive maintenance procedures, and proper reporting of hardware/software problem to senior staff.

  • Learn to measure and apply EEG electrodes using the International 10-20 System of Electrode Placement, in an accurate and efficient manner on patients of all ages and mental status, with varying degrees of co-operation. Learn to test the integrity of the applied electrodes via impedance testing.

  • Learn to obtain an accurate and concise patient history. Note pertinent information such as seizure type, date of last seizure, other neurologic symptoms, and medications taken by patients.

  • Learn to perform EEG's utilizing digital EEG equipment. Learn to calibrate, evaluate function, adjust instrument settings to proper technical standards, and troubleshoot EEG equipment.

  • Learn to perform routine activation procedures such as hyperventilation and photic stimulation, and when these procedures are contraindicated.

  • Learn to prepare a proper EEG Tech Worksheet, including a technical description of the EEG, with emphasis on clinical observation, in order to assist the Electroencephalographer with final interpretation. .

  • Learn to properly assess clinical seizures, follow seizure testing methods, and implement protocols for seizure intervention and first aid.

  • Learn to properly record EEG activity on standard montages. Document all pertinent instrument settings and clinical observations.

  • Learn to recognize normal EEG patterns and variants, and abnormal patterns for all ages.

  • Learn to recognize, monitor, and/or eliminate EEG artifact, such as high impedance leads, muscle artifact, eye movements, respiration artifact and EKG, in order to obtain an adequate EEG recording.

  • Learn various medical and pharmacologic conditions which influence the EEG. Learn the clinical correlation of abnormal EEG patterns with various disease states.

  • Learns to remove electrodes from patient's scalp paying attention to cleanliness and hygiene, and proper technique for cleaning, storage, and sterilization of EEG electrodes.

  • Review all EEG's with senior technologists. Utilize feedback from procedures performed to improve the quality of future EEG's performed.

  • Take and pass periodic written/oral exams administered by the EEG instructor.

Qualifications

  • Completion of High school diploma or GED required.

  • Associates or Bachelor's Degree preferred

  • Six months of patient care/health care or EEG experience preferred. Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 31 Clearance

  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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