Responsible for assisting the RN with patient care by monitoring patients with appropriate equipment and observation. -maintains transmitters and indicates use of remote bedside monitoring equipment Maintains recorder and ensures all connections with remote monitoring equipment are in place. Suspends monitor when necessary -Troubleshoots remote monitoring equipment for nursing -Revises alarms based on individual patient cardiac status as indicated by nursing or by protocol -“Stores” historical data as needed -Initiates standby of alarms and indicates patient’s location when off telemetry -Observes for low battery -Rhythm documentation hourly -Initiates pacemaker monitoring -Monitors remote vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygen saturation as indicated by RN -Cleans telemetry units when necessary and retrieves needed monitoring supplies for nursing units (paper, electrodes, etc.) -Initiates relearn function for inaccurate automated alarms. -Maintains accurate inventory of equipment and dispenses and pick up telemetry monitors to nursing units. -Reports equipment malfunctions to appropriate personnel -Admits patients to telemetry system. Performs observation of cardiac rhythms. -Identifies, responds and documents nurse response to arrhythmias associated with level I, II, and III alarms for adult & Pediatric patients and notifies nurse in charge of care. Responsibility Number 3 continued: e) Applies and changes electrodes f) Troubleshoots technical alarms as indicated and assists nursing with 1) lead replacement 2) exchange wires when needed 3) exchange monitors when indicated.
High School Diploma or GED, experience in cardiac setting preferred. Required 240 hours of training and successfully passing examination at end of training.
BLS is required for any RN, LPN, PCT, Patient Transporter or other direct patient care provider. Emergency Department, Intensive Care Units, PACU, Medical Emergency Team and Anesthesia require ACLS. Pediatrics, SICU, Emergency Department and Medical Emergency Team also require PALS.