When you visit an emergency room, not everyone you see in the white lab coat is a physician. Some are front office assistants while others are technicians who help the physician with treating the patients that come into the ER. Without technicians, the workload would be too much for the physicians and they would have really limited time to deal with the more serious complications that patients come reporting. This is why some of the duties in the Emergency room are delegated to the technicians. Today, we want to take a look at what emergency room technicians do and why they are very important in the smooth running of emergency rooms. So, what is the job description of an emergency room technician?
The scope of work that an emergency room technician can competently handle, varies from one emergency room to another even though they are all given the same training in school. Emergency room technicians assist emergency room nurses and physicians with clerical and other basic clinical tasks. As an emergency room technician, one is expected to offer support and assistance to the registered nurses and physicians to ensure that the facility offers high quality care to the patients. Here are the 10 most common activities that an emergency room physician helps accomplish;
Temperature measurement- This is by far the most common activity that technicians help accomplish in an ER. A lot of people think that the guys who help take temperature measurements when they get to the ER are nurses when in truth they are technicians.
2. Obtaining lab specimen-Technicians are tasked with obtaining the necessary lab specimen from the patients that report to the emergency rooms. In some emergency rooms, the technicians are given extra training and are able to examine the lab specimen and provide feedback to the nurses while in some rooms, a separate lab technician is hired specifically for conducting lab tests.
3. Blood pressure measurement-The other thing that technicians are trained to do in emergency rooms is to take the blood pressure measurements from the patients as part of the preparation for treatment by the physician. While undertaking training, technicians are equipped with clinical information and are therefore able to tell when the blood pressure level is above or below the normal level. They will then write a report to the nurse or physician to enable them to administer the appropriate medication.
4. Phlebotomy procedures-Phlebotomy is a procedure that removes blood from a patient for tests. Technicians are trained to conduct phlebotomy with guidance from the nurse. It is a technical procedure and requires a lot of training before one can master it completely.
5. Triage patient care-In an emergency room, triage is used to award priority to patients with more severe complications to help them get the urgent care they need while the others with less serious complications can wait a little longer. The triage process takes a lot of examination and critical thinking and this is what the technician does. It might look triage is unfair to many but in truth, it has helped save lots of lives in emergency rooms.
Clerical duties of technicians in the emergency room
6. Ushering in patients to the emergency room – emergency rooms are normally full and without proper ushering and organization, it would look like a marketplace. It is the duty of the technician to usher the incoming patients and show them where to sit as they wait to see the physician.
7. Transporting patients into and out of the department-Sometimes as a technician, you will be required to help the nurses and other medical personnel to bring in patients into the department and help them get into the ambulance.
8. Unit secretary functions-In some offices, technicians double as receptionists and secretaries. This is especially common in private emergency rooms which don’t have enough staff members. This means that they will be required to deal with paperwork and monitor the payments at times.
9. Maintain a clean and safe environment- it is the work of the technician to ensure that the emergency room is clean and safe for all the patients and physicians. This does not mean that they become janitors but rather help with cleaning the equipment and generally maintaining good hygiene in the workplace.
10. Bridges communication gap between patients and physicians- technicians help patient to know what they should tell the physician or how to describe their problems. They are important in bridging the communication gap between the patients and the physicians.
Here at Bellaire emergency room, we have a team of qualified technicians who work in conjunction with the nurses and physicians to ensure that you get the best possible health care in a clean, safe and organized environment. When hiring our technicians, we handpick them and offer extra training to ensure that we have nothing short of the best. You can therefore expect the best possible care every time you visit our facility.