Work as an EKG Technician

An EKG Technician works in Cardiology and creates a comfortable environment for patients at either inpatient or outpatient healthcare facilities. It is an EKG Technician’s responsibility to obtain an accurate reading of the heart’s electrical rhythm so that his/her patient’s medical team can make decisions for their future medical care. Also called a Cardiac Monitor Technician, this person is responsible for ensuring cardiac rhythms and readings are accurate and without artifacts. Once the test is complete, an EKG Technician will have an accurate reading of their patient’s cardiac system via a telemetry strip. The information obtained from the reading will help with diagnosing and treating the patient’s condition, if any.

EKG Technician Work Environment

EKG/ECG Technicians have many options when it comes to employment settings. Typically hospitals have the most need for EKG Technicians in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. They are sometimes required in the emergency room to obtain an electrocardiograph of patients who have heart attack symptoms or chest pain. While EKG Technicians work predominantly in hospitals, they may also find jobs in clinics specializing in cardiology or private practices. EKG Technicians often conduct pre-employment screenings for employers. Those with a Phlebotomy certification, may meet the requirement to work as a paramedical examiner.

Additional job titles for EKG Technicians include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardiology Assistants
  • Cardiology Technicians
  • ECG Technicians
  • Cardiac Monitor Technicians
  • EKG Technicians

Job Duties of a Cardiac Monitor Technician

Job duties include preparing the room to perform the necessary tests on the patient, greeting the patients, setting up the EKG or other cardiac monitoring equipment that will be utilized during the exam, and tidying up the room upon completion of the tests. Positions in the Cardiac Technician profession are best suited for individuals who are outgoing and work well in fast-paced environments. It should be noted that performance duties can vary significantly depending on the specific requirements outlined by the employer. Many EKG Technicians work directly under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) and physician. They may also be requested to carry out different tasks such as specimen collection – mainly blood draws, also known as phlebotomies, general care for patients, including monitoring vital signs and treatment plans, and catheterizations.

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