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IOM Technologist

Company: MPOWERHealth
Location: El Paso
Posted on: October 17, 2020

Job Description:

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Under the supervision of the clinical manager, performs a preoperative assessment of the patient, conducts intraoperative sensory and motor tests using currently accepted electrophysiological techniques. Compiles real-time collection and interpretation of data and completes post-operative reports and billing forms. The purpose of this testing is to reduce the incidence of stroke, paresthesia, impotence, incontinence, and paralysis as a post-operative surgical outcome.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

* Patient Consultation

* Explains test procedures so they are understandable to the patient and any family members that are present.

* Measures and accurately applies to recording electrodes in a timely manner, according to the international 10-20 Electrode Placement System.

* IOM Equipment Setup

* Calibrates, evaluates, and adjusts equipment, optimizing recording and stimulation parameters, to acquire salient data and information.

* Implements appropriate troubleshooting methods, such as adjusting stimulation, to assure accurate recording of information. • Keeps equipment clean and in proper working order, reporting technical malfunctions to supervisor and/or manufacturer.

* Intraoperative Monitoring

* During surgery, interacts with the surgical team and surgeons to provide interpretive data regarding the patient's neurological status.

* Identifies and eliminates physiological and non-physiological artifacts.

* Recognizes normal patterns, normal variants, and abnormal patterns; understands the medical and pharmacological/anesthetic conditions that influence all recording IOM modalities (e.g., EP, BAER, MEP, Etc.); understands the clinical correlations between abnormal evoked potentials and various disease states.

* Documentation

* Displays, prints, and labels waveforms to hard copy for interpretation marking, measuring, and calculating information such as latencies, voltages, and conduction times following established National Neuromonitoring Services guidelines and protocols.

* Accurately documents significant events and stages of surgery in a timely manner complete all IOM logs, files and work/technical sheet, including a technical description of the IOM modality recorded, with emphasis on the clinical observations in order to assist the neurologists and/or designated MD with the final interpretation.

* Additional Duties

* Following the completion of training, assists new IOM technologists

* If workload allows, attends scientific courses and seminars for continuing education.

* Performs additional duties as assigned by the Clinical Manager or Corporate staff.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

* Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, neuroanatomy, pathologic processes, and aseptic techniques.

* Knowledge of procedures followed in conducting electrophysiological tests and examinations on patients.

* Knowledge of electrophysiological equipment used in performing tests on patients.

* Ability to analyze various electronic and neurophysiologic waveforms.

* Interpersonal communication skills necessary to interact with medical staff, patients, visitors, and other hospital employees.

* Ability to stand, turn, and stoop among several types of equipment in an operating room suite.

* Ability to apply different types of electrodes to a patient's anatomy with precision and speed in preparation of monitoring a surgical procedure.

* Ability to sit for extended periods of time, while concentrating on monitoring computer screen images during a surgical procedure.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

* Possible exposure to communicable diseases and hazardous materials with little likelihood of harm if established health precautions followed.

* The use of protective clothing such as surgical clothing, gloves, glasses, and masks (PPE).

* Work requires lifting supplies, pushing, or carrying bulky pieces of equipment.

* Occasional/frequent travel by motor vehicle and/or air transportation to healthcare facilities located in both urban and rural areas.

* Variable work schedules may change from week to week, depending on caseload, surgeon's availability, creating situations that may require minimal notice to be available for a case.

* Will require cell phone availability for scheduled "on-call time" during weekends to cover add-on, elective or emergency cases.

* Usually working independently of other Technologists.

* Physical demands would include lifting and transporting 40-45lbs of monitoring equipment to each facility utilizing proper lifting techniques.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:

* Receives general direction for case assignments and workweek scheduling from the Director of Operations and OperationsManager.

* If appropriate, provides mentoring and tutorial guidance to IOM Technologist Trainees.

* Does not supervise other IOM Technologists.

LICENSURE, REGISTRATION, OR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION:

* Preferred Certification by ABRET i.e. CNIM, REEGT, or REPT or will train to become board eligible.

* Must hold a valid driver's license.

* Minimum of Bachelor's degree or higher (i.e. Masters, Ph.D., MD).

* Must have current AHA CPR certification.

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