The W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Health Care System has an immediate opening for a Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesia) to work within the Kernersville HCC. The incumbent maintains anesthesiology supplies and equipment, sets-up anesthetizing locations and operates, monitors, and collects data from anesthesia related equipment. The incumbent sets up the anesthesia machines in each operating room (OR) prior to the beginning of the scheduled OR day, including breathing circuit apparatus, cardiac monitors, suction and other disposable or re-cleanable apparatus that might be required. Maintains standardized anesthesia carts to assure that appropriate drugs and supplies are available to staff anesthesiologists. The incumbent calibrates oxygen analyzers using piped 02. Any failure to calibrate must be checked in the same location with the working analyzer. Any subsequent failure to calibrate must be checked against tank 02. Any anesthesia machine found not to be dispensing an accurate FI02 must be removed from service. This task is done without supervision and is critically important to success in this position. The incumbent sets up IV lines and pressure lines for specialty catheters, including CVP, arterial, and pulmonary catheters. Sets up and calibrates cardiac output apparatus. Obtains and calculates hemodynamic data. After surgery, removes all special and reusable material and cleans in accordance with Infection Control policies for the transmission of disease. The incumbent assists anesthesiologists in placement of pulmonary artery catheters, central venous catheters and arterial lines and in performing regional anesthesia on patients. The incumbent performs laboratory tests in the operating room as agreed between Anesthesiology Service and Laboratory Service. May assist in research, educational and quality management activities. The incumbent responds to emergency needs for anesthesia supply and equipment requests. This requires careful and thoughtful response to a wide variety of requests in a stressful and rushed situation. The incumbent operates the auto transfusion machine and related equipment in both scheduled and emergent surgical cases. Assesses and evaluates the need for auto transfusion and makes recommendations to surgeons and anesthesiologists. The incumbent adapts anesthesia systems in remote areas of the medical center at any time without direct supervision and in a timely manner. This includes assembling and operating life support equipment including ventilators, cardiac monitors, and laboratory instruments. The incumbent provides input on the purchase or evaluation of new, complex, and highly technically unfamiliar equipment. The incumbent interprets manufacture's procedural guidance for use and safety in operating new equipment. Interprets data to determine artifact from factual information. If necessary, performs minor adjustments and emergency repairs. The incumbent is aware of new marketable products and the possible need for such products at the Medical Center. Evaluates the complexity of the product operation, the adaptability and impact for use in the anesthesia department and considers the early cost of operation, repairs, if any, and quality control based on JCAHO guidelines. The incumbent determines the need for a specific piece of equipment to be used for monitoring based on the individual patient's (what is best in one situation may not be best in another, in fact, may even be harmful.) Brings to the attention of the supervisor or anesthesiologist that appropriate adjustment, revision, adaptation, and calibration in the equipment would be highly beneficial in each situation in patient care management. Coordinates planned utility shutdowns with Anesthesia Service, Nursing, and Facilities Management to ensure that patients are not jeopardized. Coordinates new equipment installations and maintains equipment repair records to ensure timely repair of equipment. Uses spreadsheets and database software programs. Coordinates scheduled maintenance so that it is done efficiently without excessive downtime. Performs directly related duties. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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