The intermediate Care (ICT) Program is designed to hire former military corpsmen, combat medics and technicians into positions at the VA Medical Centers as an integral part of the medical team. The full performance level Emergency Department (ED) Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) serves as an advanced technician for ED patients that present for treatment. Major Duties include but is not limited to: Performs observation-based screening and collecting patient information in collaboration with licensed personnel Obtains patient health history for chief complaints, medication history, and information about health-related or high-risk conditions that may impact the patient's health status Complete approved templates and tools, for example the MiniCog screening established by the agency Assists in behavioral/psychiatric situations in an emergency setting Assists licensed personnel with crisis intervention, management of aggressive or suicidal psychiatric patients, by providing one-to-one observations and applying prevention and management of disruptive behavior techniques (PMDB) Performs duties focused on communication techniques required to complete the questioners and templates approved for use in the ED, including active listening, restating, and mirroring Assists ED licensed personnel with the delivery of care to patients with complex, specialized, and potentially life-threatening situations Sets up equipment and passes instruments in the event of: cardioversions, insertion of thoracostomy tubes, or initiation of mechanical ventilation to restore normal physiological function or prevent deterioration of patient's condition Recognize life threatening situations and act to correct these emergent situations according to established national or local protocols Initiates cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS) and use of automatic external defibrillator (AED) once trained and certified Assists with airway management using bag-valve-mask (BVM), oral airway or nasal airway Uses pulse oximetry, capnometry, capnography, and/or other secondary confirmation methods to ensure correct placement of an emergency advanced airway Operates specialized medical equipment such as defibrillators, electrocardiographs, and oxygen apparatus Observes patient status and keeps licensed personnel informed of any change in condition Provides support, relief, and coverage as needed to central station telemetry documents in the telemetry record and reports all observed electrocardiographic (ECG) changes in the patient's condition to the licensed staff Recognizes lethal rhythms/arrhythmias (i.e. ventricular fibrillation and asystole) and immediately notifies appropriate staff Admits, discharges, and assigns telemetry equipment to patients in central monitoring automated system Performs clinical responsibilities such as vital signs, 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG), equipment and surgical instrumentation set up, Observations and interventions, wound care, specimen collection and preparation, Geriatric-specific care, assisting with patient exams and screenings, patient transport and cardiovascular monitoring May be asked to respond to medical emergencies on the facility grounds, and sometimes encounters situations which may be life threatening as part of the Rapid Response Team (RRT), Code Blue, or medical transport team Obtain and maintain certification in basic life support (BLS), and other certifications as pertinent to their local facility and may assist within the scope/guidelines of their role and qualifications Participates in the triage process by assisting with patient transport, obtaining vital signs, performing screens, gathering pertinent health history, medication history, and information about the chief complaint and communicates findings to appropriate clinical staff Assists with Medication administration and may include intramuscular, oral, topical, eye drops, ear drops, intranasal, rectal suppositories, local anesthetics, nebulized medications, subcutaneous, and intradermal Work Schedule: Varies and may include days, nights, weekends and holidays in support of 24 hour operations Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Intermediate Care Technician/PDS0031-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600048600
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.