The Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician is an advanced position that performs logistical and technical support, assisting and anticipating the needs of anesthesia personnel in direct patient care. They are responsible for the supervision and operation of the supply and equipment support areas of the service, including but not limited to, forecasting needs, personnel action responsibilities for the other technicians and must be knowledgeable and able to exercise independent judgement. Duties Supervise the other Anesthesia Technicians that work within the Anesthesiology Service and schedules work assignments of the Technicians to ensure adequate coverage. Advanced technical expertise in the calibration, maintenance, operation, and trouble shooting of a broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic medical instruments and equipment. With Biomedical Engineering Technicians, jointly develops routine maintenance and repair schedules based on regulatory standards, manufacturer recommendations and equipment requirements. Services anesthesia equipment within level of expertise, performing preventative maintenance, evaluating and replacing worn or failed components and assemblies as needed. Orders, maintains and arranges allocation and distribution of anesthesia equipment and supplies to ensure a timely availability for all anesthesia care providers. For all cases: ensures all drugs and emergency equipment are available; sets up, calibrates and troubleshoots ventilators and all routine monitors; assists in preparation of IV solutions, medication infusion equipment, invasive monitor fluid lines and transducers; and assists in monitoring patient vital signs and lab results as ordered by the anesthesia provider. Assists with large vessel cannulations as well as subsequent monitoring such as Swan Ganz catheter placement. Full understanding and adherence to sterility and aseptic technique. Must possess a thorough understanding of and constantly abide by "Standard Precautions" protocol. Set up and maintain infection control surveillance standards. Responsible for ensuring that all Anesthesia Technicians complete annual competencies on anesthesia equipment. Develops training for other Anesthesia Technicians within the service. Oversees and provides guidance to other Anesthesia Technicians in carrying out their functions. Develop, write and maintain standard operating procedures for necessary pieces of equipment. Demonstrate ability to manage day-to-day operations of the supply and equipment support areas of the anesthesia department. Continually demonstrates appropriate , respectful, communications with patients, surgeons, nursing staff, CRNA's and attending anesthesiologists. ? Uses initiative to learn new developments in the field and to recommend changes to improve service, correct deficiencies, and improve overall patient care. Work Schedule: Full-time, 6:00 am - 2:30 pm, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, or 10:30 pm - 7:00 am (Requires rotating call coverage) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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