I'm working on a project to convince a very budget conscious administration that it would be advantageous to bring CNAs/Critical Care Techs/Patient Care Techs or whatever name for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel into the Unit. I'd like to find out how techs are used in units across the country. What is their scope? How are they assigned? Tech to patient ratio (day & NOC)? And anything else you think might help. Thanks so much
Aug 14, '05
Some units utilize a tech simply to watch the central monitor and answer phones. In smaller units they do that plus the FBS's, check and draw am labs, assist with turns, etc. In some units, with alert patients, they can do the history part of the admission HP and set up the room, attach monitor, sat and BP cables, etc... til the nurse gets there.
So there are lots of potential uses for a tech in a unit. The problem I've run into? If we get a tech, inevitably they want us to triple patient load.
So...my colleages and I have opted to do primary care, work together in a team environment, and insist on 2:1 ratios.
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Aug 14, '05