This position is located in the Emergency Room at the Western Colorado VA Health Care System. The duties and responsibilities are carried out in the emergency department. The Intermediate Care Technician may assist with or perform other related technical health care procedures under the supervision of the Emergency Department Physicians as competency is demonstrated and documented. This position is a Temporary appointment not to exceed September 30, 2021. The incumbent performs ongoing patient care duties in the Emergency Department but may be assigned to other areas as organizationally needed. Duties include providing assessment and management of ambulatory patients seen in the Emergency Department. This may involve obtaining patient health history, chief complaints, medication history, and identification of health related conditions that may impact the patient's health status. Other duties: Evaluate patients for emergency medical conditions, order appropriate diagnostic studies and perform a wide range of treatment procedures under the direction of the supervising physician. Necessary interventions based upon patient symptoms and established protocols/standards of care should be part of the routine capabilities of this position. Assists in behavioral/psychiatric situations to include crisis intervention, management of aggressive or suicidal psychiatric patients, and one-to-one observations. Assists Emergency Department Physicians with complex, specialized, and potentially life threatening procedures such as defibrillation, cardioversions, insertion of chest drainage tubes, or initiation of mechanical ventilation to restore normal physiological function or prevent deterioration of patient's condition. Must independently recognize life threatening situations and act to correct these according to established national or facility protocols. Performs airway management using BIPAP and advanced airway techniques including the use of LMA and oral intubations using laryngoscope if properly trained, credentialed and privileged may be included as responsibilities. This requires understanding in the use of pulse oximetry, capnometry, capnography, or other secondary confirmation methods to ensure correct placement of emergency advanced airway devices. Operates specialized medical equipment such as defibrillators, electrocardiographs, and oxygen apparatus. Assesses patient status and keeps physician informed of any change or need for additional treatment. Additional duties include dressing changes, wound management, suture removal, repair of simple lacerations, Foley catheters insertion, splint, binder and bandage applications, and performance of Date modified: 05/31/2017 Version number: v.1.0 tracheotomy care. Collect, prepare and transfer to the lab for processing of blood, tissue, urine, stool and sputum is expected to be a routine part of his/her practice. Monitors and obtains test results as soon as available and informs physicians promptly to facilitate patient care. The incumbent thoroughly and appropriately documents their actions, assessments, diagnostics, and procedures in the medical record. Work Schedule: Varied shifts Position Description Title/PD#: Intermediate Care Technician/ 11670-A Physical Requirements: The work involves extended periods of heavy moving and lifting of patients. Generally, the work requires recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, and positioning of patients. Promotion Potential: No known promotion potential
Internal Number: 599641100
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.