The Monitor Technician examines heartbeat patterns on electrocardiograph monitors. S/he makes notes of irregular rhythm and monitor changes in heartbeats and notifies
appropriate staff of any abnormal findings. The Monitor Technician ensures that monitors are functioning properly.
- Continually observe telemetry monitors. Interpret and document heart rhythm; rate and intervals at specific times of the day; and any changes in status of the patient according to department standards.
- Report all arrhythmias to the nurse or appropriate staff promptly and in accordance with department policies and procedures.
- Notify nurse or appropriate staff of observed changes (i.e. rate, rhythm, etc.) obtained via strips.
- Communicate to nurse or appropriate staff current EKG information.
- Routinely change patient’s electrodes and adjust bed to ensure most optimal QRS configuration on the monitor. Instruct the patient as these changes are being made and the purpose of the changes.
- Attach or disconnect leads from the patient. Change batteries as needed.
- Validate and invalidate arrhythmia alarms.
- Document continuous EKG strips on telemetry Code Blue patients.
- Stock unit with appropriate EKG and telemetry supplies. Check and clean telemetry equipment and replace as needed.
- Maintain Telemetry Log Book for telemetry patients. The logs include name, diagnosis, heart rate, rhythm, and ectopic beat.
- Maintain awareness of comfort and safety needs of patients.
- Participate in department or unit quality improvement activities.
- Advocate and support unit, hospital, and nursing activities.
- Achieve and maintain competency in skills and comply with policies associated with the skills inventory.
- Maintain personal education record.
- Any other duties as assigned.
High school diploma or GED.
Completion of Certified Basic Arrhythmias Interpretation Program.
Minimum of one year of experience in a hospital setting.