The Health Technician/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) functions as an integral part of the emergency care team in the Emergency Department of the C. W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. This area see patients who presents to C.W. Bill Young VAMC for emergent/urgent care. Major duties include responsibility for direct patient care. The Health Technician-EMT will be expected to develop and demonstrate increasing skill in performing the following tasks: Performs clinical tasks using appropriate techniques such as 12 lead EKG's, phlebotomy procedures, peripheral intravenous insertion and other within scope of practice tasks directed by the RN or Provider. Follows proper patient transfer techniques and body mechanics. Responds to On-Station emergencies and transports critical patients on VA property. Provides efficient and immediate care to critically ill and injured patients under the direction of a physician or registered nurse. Renders emergency medical care to adult medical and trauma patients; required to opening and maintaining an airway, ventilating patients and performing CPR as necessary. Provides pre-hospital emergency care of simple and multiple system trauma. Aids in the search for medical identification; provides technical support to the Emergency Department Physicians and Nurses. Serves as the first clinical contact for incoming patients when assigned to the Triage area. Responsible for properly lifting, positioning, securing and transporting patients. Applies and removes wound dressings; applies and removes assistive/adaptive aids based upon patient progress; supervises patients on special observation status. Maintains interactive relationship with patients under observation; safeguards patient privacy and data against unauthorized disclosure; charts patients physical and emotional progress. Observes, records and reports general and specific physical and behavioral signs and symptoms indicated of change in a patient's condition. Assist with provision of emotional and physical comfort of patients while in transport; operates and monitors applicable medical equipment related to emergency treatment. Work Schedule: Compressed Night (19:30-08:00). Shift Rotation required as needed. Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician (Emergency Medical Technician)/ 08457A Physical Requirements: The work is performed in a variety of medical center settings but mostly in the Emergency Department and/or Triage areas but also during emergencies on hospital wards, in hallways, in any and all areas of the campus, including outdoors and in inclement weather. There will be extended periods of sitting, walking, standing, carrying of heavy multiple items (emergency care equipment, etc.) and frequent lifting of heavy (35 lbs of patient weight or 51 lbs of inanimate weight). Must be able to utilize good mechanics to withstand physically, emotionally and psychologically stressful, crisis and life threatening situations. The work requires regular and recurring ability to maintain physical control or defend against emotionally ill patients, substance abusers and other high danger personal risk patients. Pre-Placement Examination Requirement: All motor vehicle operators and incidental drivers shall undergo a standard pre-placement examination and periodic medical evaluation at least once every 4 years to ensure that employees who operate government owned or leased vehicles are medically able to do so without undue risk to themselves or others. For more information, see VA Handbook 5019, Appendix A. Note: To qualify as an incidental operator, an employee must possess a valid State license, have a safe driving record, pass a road test, and demonstrate that he or she is medically qualified to operate the appropriate motor vehicle safely.
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