The responsibilities of an ER Tech may include:
- Patient assessment: ER Techs assess patients' vital signs, gather information about their medical history and current symptoms, and relay this information to the medical team.
- Patient triage: ER Techs assist in the triage process, determining the urgency of patients' conditions and prioritizing their care accordingly.
- Assisting with procedures: ER Techs may assist with various medical procedures, such as starting intravenous (IV) lines, applying splints or bandages, collecting specimens, or performing basic wound care.
- Transporting patients: ER Techs help transport patients within the emergency department or between different areas of the hospital for diagnostic tests, procedures, or admissions.
- Supporting medical staff: ER Techs provide support to physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in the emergency department by helping with tasks such as obtaining supplies, preparing equipment, and documenting patient information.
- Monitoring patients: ER Techs keep a close watch on patients' conditions, monitoring their vital signs and reporting any changes or concerns to the medical team.
- Assisting with resuscitation efforts: In critical situations, ER Techs may assist in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or other life-saving interventions as directed by the medical team.
- Maintaining equipment and supplies: ER Techs ensure that emergency equipment and supplies are properly stocked, functioning, and ready for immediate use.
The specific duties and scope of practice of an Emergency Department Tech may vary depending on the state, facility, and the level of training and certification they hold. Some ER Techs may be certified as EMTs or hold additional certifications such as Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Emergency Department Techs play a crucial role in the fast-paced and high-stress environment of the emergency department. They provide vital support to the medical team, contribute to patient assessments and treatments, and help ensure efficient and coordinated care for patients in need of immediate medical attention.