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VETERINARY TECHNICIAN CRITICAL CARE

The Critical Care technician will work closely with the Critical Care team to provide customized care of our critical care patients.  The CC technician will provide exceptional medicine and patient care and carry out doctor’s orders as needed.   The primary responsibility of the CC technician will be to assist the CC doctors in the day to day operations of the department, and will not have regularly scheduled duties in other areas of the hospital. However, this person will be utilized in ICU, patient care and ER as needed.

Individual department teams exist within the structure of technicians; however, every technician is considered a member of the entire technician team.  The departments include Internal Medicine (Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology and Dermatology), Critical Care, Surgery, General Practice, and Emergency.   Segmentation of duties in the individual departments does not exclude all technicians from performing all duties listed and does not exclude technicians from further training in specific areas. 

 

Certification or licensing is required for the position.

VTS certification in Emergency & Critical Care is preferred but not required

 

The CC technician:

  • Must be reliable, organized, and adaptable to changes within the departments of the hospital
  • Will maintain a high standard of patient care
  • Must be able to communicate well with clients by showing care and concern for them as well as their pet(s)
  • Will serve as a representative of the hospital, displaying consideration, courtesy, compassion, and professionalism in all interactions with patients, clients, and hospital staff
  • Must understand and support the Hospital’s mission and overall direction.

 

Major Duties

  • Communicate daily with CC doctor and other CC technicians regarding current patients and their status
  • Patient rounding must occur at the end of every shift
  • Assist CC doctors with exams/assessment of CC patients
  • Help CC doctor with outpatient treatments and discharges as needed.
  • Perform treatments and care to patients in the ICU if needed as directed by the CC doctor
  • Help to generate and maintain complete and accurate PDR’s for all CC patients
  • Help CC doctors create estimates and present these to clients as needed.
  • Provide updates on CC patients to their owners as necessary. Do call backs to check on patients that have been discharged.
  • Assist with other procedures such as peripheral and central intravenous catheter placement, esophageal feeding tubes placement, nasal oxygen catheter, x-rays, chest tubes, pericardiocentesis, abdominocentesis and thoracocentesis and other procedures under general anesthesia.
  • Coordinate with the CC assistant getting records faxed/emailed to rDVM’s.
  • Communicate with rDVM’s on transfers and gathering critical data on the transfer.
  • Assist with discharging patients including client education on home glucose monitoring, SQ fluids, medication administration, J-P drains and e-tube feedings.
  • Ensure that patients are ready for discharge including checking on charges, gathering medications, scheduling into AVImark, printing discharges and helping discharging patients.
  • Triage all transfers cases. Call for records and radiographs on all transfer cases. Help get transfer patients settled into the hospital (placing IV catheters, obtaining bloodwork etc.)
  • Room rechecks for Criticalist(s), obtain history, answer client questions and assist during the recheck.
  • Help with rechecks (draw blood, help with bandage changes), put in charges, schedule additional rechecks as necessary

Advanced Nursing Care    

  • Develop skills and knowledge in advanced patient monitoring including ECG, end tidal CO2, blood gases and blood pressure.
  • Place and manage urinary, triple lumen, and arterial catheters
  • Manage temporary endotracheal tubes, temporary tracheostomy tubes
  • Help to set up, monitor and care for patients on a ventilator
  • Monitor and care for patients receiving blood transfusions
  • Knowledge of ventilator management of patients

Miscellaneous duties

  • Assist in patient care wards/ICU when needed
  • Be prepared to be called in for help manage patients that are placed on a mechanical ventilator.

 

Physical demands

Regular job duties may require:

  • Standing – frequently during the day
  • Sitting – occasionally to frequently during the day
  • Bending, squatting, and kneeling – repeatedly during the day
  • Pushing and pulling up to 20 pounds – frequently during the day
  • Lifting and restraining up to 50 pounds without assistance – frequently during the day
  • Lifting and restraining up to 100 + pounds with assistance – frequently during the day
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