Our small rural hospital has several techs in the ER. I would like to know what role techs play in other, larger ERs. Do they start IV's, do EKG's, draw blood, pass meds? There has been some question here about what they have been trained to do in the past, and what they will be allowed to do in the future. I'd love to hear from any smaller ED's that use techs too...thanks...
Sep 4, '02
Our techs are absolutely wonderful. The entire staff at all times includes 1 doc, 3 RNs and 2 techs. Techs do all the EKGs, blood draws (as long as they dont need IVs started, or Saline Locks, then RNs have to do that), they do all of our casting, splinting, crutch training, orthostatics, vitals, collect UAs (they do not cath), they are the phone-answerers, filers, secretaries, and generally the only ones that know what the Doc is waiting on. They put all Dr. Orders into the computer, call for all the different tests we need like Xrays, ABGs, breathing treatments, Scans, etc. They clean rooms, stock supplies, and do the CPR during Codes so that the nurses can worry about the drugs and recording. At the end of the day, they do our chart checks, make sure that we charted within guidelines (every certain time period based on triage level), all the blanks are filled in and signed, and make patient appointments. Our techs are a fantastic group of individuals. All this, and they only make 8 bucks an hour. We really couldn't function without them. They bust their butts for us so that we can do what we need to do. I love our techs.
Last edit by BrandyBSN on Sep 4, '02