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Neurodiagnostic Technician II

  • Job ID: 099893217
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: D/E - 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Shift: Rotating
  • Facility: UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle
  • Department: Diagnostic Cardiology
  • Location: 361 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle PA 17015
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $21.59 to $32.38 / hour

Description

Purpose:
Perform under general supervision and according to established guidelines and procedures, routine and complex procedures to obtain data for use in the clinical diagnosis of disorders of the nervous system in at least one of the following modalities of neurodiagnostics: Electroencephalography (EEG), Evoked Potentials (EP), Epilepsy Monitoring and Polysomnography (PSG),or Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS). Perform duties in various diagnostic and research areas as assigned.

Responsibilities:

  • Operate computer equipment to record nervous system responses that provide quantitative and objective measures of the neuronal/sensory function.
  • Schedule patients for neurodiagnostic procedures and obtain required medical information; explain procedures, alleviate fears, and elicit cooperation. Prepare patient for tests to include measuring and marking cranial area and fastening electrodes to specified positions on scalp and body.
  • React in medical emergencies to ensure patient safety; know unit and hospital procedures for working with high acuity patients.Perform the following additional responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with supervisor and medical personnel to resolve problems and to advise concerning laboratory procedures, techniques and equipment.
  • Document pertinent medical history from the patient or family members.
  • Recognize changes in the clinical condition of the patient and correlate those changes with the EEG. Discriminate the changes requiring intervention such as seizures or cardiac arrhythmia.
  • Clean, adjust and perform routine maintenance and repair on neurodiagnostic equipment to ensure proper functioning. Troubleshoot routine equipment problems.
  • Perform procedures with appropriate documentation.
  • Perform advanced EEG recording or specialized procedures as required. Review and edit ambulatory EEG studies prior to physician review. Maintain current digital EEGs on the central workstations for physician review. Archive and verify digital EEGs on permanent storage media.
  • Identify EEG waveforms/patterns during testing and communicate to medical personnel.
 

 

NATIONAL COMPETENCY SKILL STANDARDS FOR PERFORMING AN ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM

 

PURPOSE:

The American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists, (ASET) Inc. presents this document to provide the national criteria for evaluating competencies for technologists performing an electroencephalogram (EEG). These competencies were established following a survey of the membership in the Fall of 1996. The Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) in New York City completed the survey process and provided the analysis. The ASET Board of Trustees approved this document August 11, 1997. This document was updated in the Spring of 2010 according to nationally recognized and accepted criteria and approved by ASET’s Board of Trustees in March 2011.

 

Section I: EEG Core Knowledge

The electroencephalographic (EEG) technologist has the knowledge base to interact with the patient and obtain a quality, interpretable EEG recording that will yield information about the brain’s neuronal activity. The technologist possesses the appropriate knowledge level of diseases to correlate patient history and clinical symptoms to determine appropriate maneuvers to be performed during the EEG.

Technical Skills and Other Abilities:

• verifying identity of the patient

• disinfecting electrodes after each procedure or using disposable products

• following standard precautions for infection control per facility policy and procedures

• attending to patient needs as established by facility policy and procedures

• recognizing/responding to life-threatening situations

• being certified to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation

• following facility policy and procedures for sedation

• complying with facility policy and procedures for emergency and disaster situations

• complying with hazardous material handling procedures

• maintaining instrument/equipment in good working order

• taking appropriate precautions to ensure electrical safety.

 

The EEG technologist evaluates the patient to:

• determine the patient’s mental age, mental state, and comprehension level

• determine appropriate method of electrode application

• ascertain the patient’s capacity to cooperate with activation procedures

• determine if hyperventilation/photic stimulation is contraindicated

• accommodate for disabilities or special needs

• document unusual or inappropriate behavior suggestive of seizure or psychogenic nonepileptic event

• determine the possible need for restraints or emergency intervention.

 

The EEG technologist understands (has a working knowledge of):

• medication effects on the EEG background and waveforms

• medical terminology and accepted abbreviations

• signs, symptoms, and EEG correlates for adult neurological disorders

• signs, symptoms, and EEG correlates for pediatric neurological disorders

• seizure manifestations, classifications, and EEG correlates

• Psychiatric and psychological disorders and EEG correlates.

The EEG technologist possesses the knowledge base necessary to correlate patient history and clinical symptoms in order to determine the appropriate electrode application and recording parameters in the following disease processes:

• seizure classification

• stroke

• trauma

• encephalopathy

• altered consciousness. to add preferences?

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent and 2 years of EEG experience
    • OR Associate's Degree and 1 year of EEG experience
    • OR Successful completion of ASET Introduction to EEG course series and 1 year of EEG experience.
  • *Procirca Employees Only: This position includes a Neuro Training Agreement, which comes with a 3-year commitment to UPMC. Failure to agree and sign the Neuro Training Agreement contract prior to your start date will preclude you from further consideration for this position.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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