I am coordinating an effort to determine the value of bringing back monitor technicians for a 48 bed step-down department. Our organization eliminated that job when we went to cardiopagers. However, we have identified an issue w/ response to those pagers. Preliminary anecdotal information indicates that those who have eliminated these positions have brought them back because there is no one to track trends and staff get conditioned to shutting the pagers off w/o looking at the rhythm. However, I need some hard and fast facts that support this. Does anyone have any leads/ideas/suggestions?
Thank you for your time. J
Apr 25, '03
Cardiopagers? We still use monitor Techs and Tele boxes.. but the Monitor Techs also do alot of other jobs- paper-pushing- and just rely on the alarms instead of really watching the monitors.
Apr 27, '03
wow. i can not imagine eliminating techs.
we still use teleboxes, etc, but i am not allowed to do ANYTHING extra besides watching the teles. They don't even want me to leave the station for more than 2 minutes.
sorry, i don't have any constructive suggestions. It's hard for me to imagine someone not watching patients constantly.