The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Medical Instrument Technologist (Anesthesia). The Medical Instrument Technologist (Anesthesia) will function in Anesthesiology. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizenship of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) English Language Proficiency Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Experience: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-8), which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. This would include specialized experience as an anesthesia technician which demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to provide all aspects of anesthesia technician services including specialized duties. Experience at the GS-8 level may include Knowledge of the correct use of invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology Knowledge of basic electrocardiography (EKG) Skill and ability to troubleshoot equipment, often while the patient is anesthetized Skill and ability to maintain sterility during procedures 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 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 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): Knowledge and comprehensive understanding of laboratory testing procedures to include maintenance, calibration, and quality control procedures. This includes the ability to perform these lab tests accurately and correctly Advanced knowledge of electronics and anesthesia equipment with skill in repairing and maintaining this equipment and repairing complex problems *Comprehensive knowledge of central venous and pulmonary artery (Swan-Ganz) catheterization procedures including measuring cardiac outputs and intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation procedures (i.e., balloon pump) Knowledge and ability to assist with airway management techniques *Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels Certification. Anesthesia technician certification through the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level. References: VA Handbook 5005/54, Part II, Appendix G27 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. Physical Requirements: The Physical Requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. This position requires long periods of standing, bending, squatting, and light lifting (approximately 15 lbs). Due to the busy nature of an Operating Room Suite, incumbent is on their feet and moving for most the work day. ["-Calibrates, maintains, operates, and troubleshoots a broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic medical instruments and equipment. Many equipment systems consist of complex integrated computer controls with multiple interconnected subsystems. Requires knowledge, judgment and creativity to adapt and integrate equipment to new or difficult procedures or settings (i.e., ability to modify a blood pressure manometer to measure CPAP in one lung ventilation) -Services anesthesia equipment within level of expertise, performing preventative maintenance -Evaluates and requests replacement parts for worn or failed components as needed -Maintains and arranges allocation and distribution of anesthesia equipment and supplies to ensure timely availability for all anesthesia care providers -Independently anticipates clinical needs based on the seriousness of common illnesses, equipment parameters and limitations, and procedure objectives and provides appropriate equipment and assistance as needed to optimize the situation and verify accurate results -Ensures all emergency equipment are available and set up -Calibrates and troubleshoots ventilators and all routine monitors -Assists in preparation of IV solutions, medication infusion equipment, invasive monitor fluid lines and transducers -Performs laboratory tests for the Operating Room including blood gas analysis, activated clotting time, and thromboelastograph -Assists anesthesia personnel in many intense complicated procedures including: controlled and emergent airway management, establishing and maintaining invasive monitoring, various medication infusion systems, positioning and transporting of unstable patients -Recognizes abnormalities in patient responses to treatment or equipment function. Notifies team and troubleshoots cause of erroneous result -Efficiently makes adjustments as necessary within realm of expertise to optimize immediate situation and informs appropriate personnel for follow up as needed -Regularly assists clinicians with special assignments such as large vessel cannulations and subsequent insertion of monitoring with full understanding and adherence to sterile technique through out of OR procedures from set-up to completion -Works safely with hazardous materials using all safety equipment and procedures set forth by governing agencies protecting self and others -Collects and documents all necessary statistics and quality control data as per VAPA policy, OSHA, JCAHO, NAFDA, and the American Pathologists Certification -Troubleshoots, operates, and stores intraoperative cell savage equipment -Continually demonstrates appropriate, respectful communications with patients, surgeons, nursing staff, CRNAs and attending anesthesiologists -Uses initiative to learn new developments in the field and to recommend changes to improve service, correct deficiencies, and improve reliability of test and treatment results based on hospital Infection Control and safety standards Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with possible adjustments as required by clinical needs Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 91555-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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