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Job Title: Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesia)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Customer Service and Call Center, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Executive Management, Quality Control, Medical
Job Description
Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesia)

The technician will connect and operate invasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment (e.g. arterial pressure monitors), anesthesia machines, intubation bronchoscopes and ultrasonic scanning devices. Technicians prepare and administer medication as directed by the attending physician. They mentor and train lower graded technicians on anesthesia procedures and assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities. The technician will exercise a high degree of independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties.

Operates and maintains the following machines in the critical care laboratory within Anesthesia Service: Radiometer ABL 800 and Hemochron Elite.

Work Schedule: 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Monday thru Friday)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

a. Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States.

b. Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation.

c. Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.

d. English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA directive.

Anesthesia Technicians perform logistical and technical support to anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. They maintain anesthesiology supplies and equipment, set-up anesthetizing locations and operate, monitor, and collect data from anesthesia related equipment. In some cases Anesthesia Technicians will perform clinical laboratory functions, equipment preventive maintenance/repair, and specialized cardiac procedures such as cardiac output measurement, intra-aortic balloon pumping, vessel cannulation, and autotransfusion services. Certification at two distinct levels is offered by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT).

Creditable Experience - Knowledge of Current Medical Instrument Technician Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current Medical Instrument Technician practice appropriate to the identified specialty area. [Specialized developmental experience obtained under supervision of appropriately certified individuals may be credited at higher levels and is addressed in individual appendices.]

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position/specialty to be filled.

Part-time Experience. Part time experience is credited according to its relationship to a full time work week. For example, an individual employed 20 hours per week, or on a A, time basis would receive one work week credit for each two weeks of service.

GS-8

(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Knowledge of the correct use of invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology.

2. Knowledge of basic electrocardiography (EKG).

3. Skill and ability to troubleshoot equipment, often while the patient is anesthetized.

4. Skill and ability to maintain sterility during procedures.

5. Knowledge and understanding of arterial pressure line wave forms including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician or anesthetist of an impending life-threatening situation.

6. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies, medications, and equipment appropriate to more difficult anesthetic procedures such as those found in inpatient settings with more acutely ill patients.

(c) Certification. No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification.

(d) Assignment. This represents the full performance level. The anesthesia technician at this level assists anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in difficult anesthetic procedures under minimal supervision. The technician will connect and operate invasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment (e.g., arterial pressure monitors), anesthesia machines, ventilators, intubation bronchoscopes, and ultrasonic scanning devices. Technicians prepare and administer medications as directed by the attending physician. They mentor and train lower graded technicians, nurses, medical students, and anesthesia residents on anesthesia technology procedures and assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities. The technician will exercise a high degree of independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties.

GS-7

(a) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Knowledge of the fundamentals of standard equipment operation, calibration and function.

2. Knowledge of correct use of non-invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology.

3. Ability to appropriately interact with patients during anesthetic procedures.

4. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to routine anesthetic procedures, such as those found in typical inpatient settings.

(b) Assignment. The anesthesia technician at this level assists anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in routine anesthetic procedures under general supervision. The technician will connect and operate noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment, blood and fluid warmers (e.g., Hot Line and Ranger) and patient warming devices (e.g., Bair Hugger). The technician will exercise moderate independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, PART II, APPENDIX G27

Physical Requirements:

-Independently performs daily checks in the process of monitoring equipment and anesthetic machines in the operating suite. Independently sets-up and balances the pressure transducers for all hemodynamic monitoring activities performed.

-Independently evaluates the suitability of all retrieved specimens for analysis, request a new specimen if it is not usable, processes specimens using equipment or techniques necessary to prepare them for a specific analysis, responds to time factor to ensure the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained.

-Responsible for the generation of the laboratory results from their area into the laboratory computer system and verification of the results recorded into the computer system, verifies results in relation to the test system and assay conditions, performs additional test to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results and recognizes abnormal results which require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly.

-Prepares quality control specimens, conducts quality control procedures on equipment and reagents and maintains proper records for quality control reports.

-Maintains all oxygen analyzer components on the portable anesthesia machines.

-Assists nurse anesthetists, house officers and staff physicians with the correct use and maintenance of physiologic monitoring equipment, such as: the intra-arterial blood pressure monitoring transducers, blood analyzer machinery, Swan-Ganz monitoring equipment and all new innovative medical monitoring systems.

-Assist anesthesia workroom personnel with preparation of anesthesia carts, stocking and cleaning anesthesia equipment.

-Assists in the total preparation for the open heart and other major cases. This includes: (a) assembling all IV solutions, both for IV therapy and monitoring procedures; (b) completely prepares the operating room with the appropriate anesthetic equipment and monitoring devices (i.e. EKG leads connected and readied on OR table, arterial line and Swan-Ganz equipment opened and prepared for insertion) and appropriate equipment and supply levels maintained daily, (c) actual assistance with the insertion of Swan-Ganz catheters and radial artery lines, (d) insertion of peripheral IVs of appropriate size under the supervision of a nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • 10-2850c
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
BASIC REQUIREMENTS

a. Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States.

b. Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation.

c. Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.

d. English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA directive.

Anesthesia Technicians perform logistical and technical support to anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. They maintain anesthesiology supplies and equipment, set-up anesthetizing locations and operate, monitor, and collect data from anesthesia related equipment. In some cases Anesthesia Technicians will perform clinical laboratory functions, equipment preventive maintenance/repair, and specialized cardiac procedures such as cardiac output measurement, intra-aortic balloon pumping, vessel cannulation, and autotransfusion services. Certification at two distinct levels is offered by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT).

Creditable Experience - Knowledge of Current Medical Instrument Technician Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current Medical Instrument Technician practice appropriate to the identified specialty area. [Specialized developmental experience obtained under supervision of appropriately certified individuals may be credited at higher levels and is addressed in individual appendices.]

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position/specialty to be filled.

Part-time Experience. Part time experience is credited according to its relationship to a full time work week. For example, an individual employed 20 hours per week, or on a A? time basis would receive one work week credit for each two weeks of service.

GS-8

(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Knowledge of the correct use of invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology.

2. Knowledge of basic electrocardiography (EKG).

3. Skill and ability to troubleshoot equipment, often while the patient is anesthetized.

4. Skill and ability to maintain sterility during procedures.

5. Knowledge and understanding of arterial pressure line wave forms including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician or anesthetist of an impending life-threatening situation.

6. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies, medications, and equipment appropriate to more difficult anesthetic procedures such as those found in inpatient settings with more acutely ill patients.

(c) Certification. No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification.

(d) Assignment. This represents the full performance level. The anesthesia technician at this level assists anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in difficult anesthetic procedures under minimal supervision. The technician will connect and operate invasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment (e.g., arterial pressure monitors), anesthesia machines, ventilators, intubation bronchoscopes, and ultrasonic scanning devices. Technicians prepare and administer medications as directed by the attending physician. They mentor and train lower graded technicians, nurses, medical students, and anesthesia residents on anesthesia technology procedures and assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities. The technician will exercise a high degree of independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties.

GS-7

(a) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Knowledge of the fundamentals of standard equipment operation, calibration and function.

2. Knowledge of correct use of non-invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology.

3. Ability to appropriately interact with patients during anesthetic procedures.

4. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to routine anesthetic procedures, such as those found in typical inpatient settings.

(b) Assignment. The anesthesia technician at this level assists anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in routine anesthetic procedures under general supervision. The technician will connect and operate noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment, blood and fluid warmers (e.g., Hot Line and Ranger) and patient warming devices (e.g., Bair Hugger). The technician will exercise moderate independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, PART II, APPENDIX G27

Physical Requirements:

-Independently performs daily checks in the process of monitoring equipment and anesthetic machines in the operating suite. Independently sets-up and balances the pressure transducers for all hemodynamic monitoring activities performed.

-Independently evaluates the suitability of all retrieved specimens for analysis, request a new specimen if it is not usable, processes specimens using equipment or techniques necessary to prepare them for a specific analysis, responds to time factor to ensure the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained.

-Responsible for the generation of the laboratory results from their area into the laboratory computer system and verification of the results recorded into the computer system, verifies results in relation to the test system and assay conditions, performs additional test to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results and recognizes abnormal results which require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly.

-Prepares quality control specimens, conducts quality control procedures on equipment and reagents and maintains proper records for quality control reports.

-Maintains all oxygen analyzer components on the portable anesthesia machines.

-Assists nurse anesthetists, house officers and staff physicians with the correct use and maintenance of physiologic monitoring equipment, such as: the intra-arterial blood pressure monitoring transducers, blood analyzer machinery, Swan-Ganz monitoring equipment and all new innovative medical monitoring systems.

-Assist anesthesia workroom personnel with preparation of anesthesia carts, stocking and cleaning anesthesia equipment.

-Assists in the total preparation for the open heart and other major cases. This includes: (a) assembling all IV solutions, both for IV therapy and monitoring procedures; (b) completely prepares the operating room with the appropriate anesthetic equipment and monitoring devices (i.e. EKG leads connected and readied on OR table, arterial line and Swan-Ganz equipment opened and prepared for insertion) and appropriate equipment and supply levels maintained daily, (c) actual assistance with the insertion of Swan-Ganz catheters and radial artery lines, (d) insertion of peripheral IVs of appropriate size under the supervision of a nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist.
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