An EKG technician, also known as an electrocardiogram technician is responsible for monitoring and observing a patient or a person’s cardiovascular activities using an EKG equipment. These usually require the process of attaching electrodes and connectors to the patient’s body for the purpose of recording electrical impulses transmitted from the heart to the EKG machine. The results are then sent to the physician and/or pathologist for diagnosis.
EKG Technician Responsibilities
An EKG technician is expected to perform the following tasks:
Perform electrocardiograms for analysis and diagnostic purposes.
Proper electrode applications – a trained and licensed EKG technician should be able to know when and where to place electrodes and connect them to the electrocardiogram machine. Electrodes are to be applied on to specific body parts that need to be tested.
Review test results and provide proper instructions –an EKG technician should be able to help patients prepare, set proper expectations and monitor them during the EKG procedure. He is also tasked to identify and report any anomaly based on the test results.
EKG supplies and equipment maintenance – an EKG technician should also have all the abilities to be able properly maintain and protect supplies and equipment in the lab. Technical knowhow is a plus, since there would be instances where in tools and machines may not work at their optimum performance state.
Identify, inquire, research and analyze test results – since these results will be forwarded to the attending pathologist or physician, EKG techs should have the appropriate skill set to be able to properly present test results. The physician will then take the recommendations of the tech in mind and will provide the most applicable interpretation and diagnosis.
Establish good working relationships with pathologists and physicians – this may seem to be a little more on the social side, but a licensed EKG technician should be able to work closely with their superiors, attending physicians and pathologists to ensure proper care of patients.
How to Become an EKG Technician
Aspiring EKG technicians are required to hold a high school diploma or its equivalent training and certification before he or she will be able to go through an on-the-job training and practice. EKG Technician Programs are available in actual schools, universities, educational institutions and even online. Which makes it easier for those who would like to be successful EKG technicians to find schools for their chosen course. Aside from the following educational requirements, students should have all the necessary technical skills to be able to perform their tasks well. On the other hand, on the job training and clinical practice may take at least 18 months, but may extend to as much as 24 months in case one desires to pursue more advanced and complex EKG training. Training will cover the basic of EKG, how to properly operate machines, ways to conduct tests and analysis and even an in depth course on the human physiology and even cardiovascular anatomy.
Those who have been in this field for many years may also pursue advanced training and education to be able to handle more elaborate EKG examinations such as specialized EKG tests, stress tests and Holter monitoring.