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EKG/ECG Technician

What is it?

An EKG technician, also known as an electrocardiograph technician or ECG technician, plays a crucial role in diagnosing and monitoring heart conditions by performing electrocardiograms (EKGs).

Here’s a breakdown of their key responsibilities:

Preparing Patients:

  • Explaining the procedure: EKG technicians explain the EKG process to patients, addressing any questions or concerns they might have, and obtaining informed consent.
  • Positioning patients: They assist patients in assuming the appropriate position for the EKG, ensuring their comfort and proper placement of electrodes on their chest, arms, and legs.

Conducting the EKG:

  • Operating the EKG machine: Technicians operate the EKG machine, ensuring it functions correctly and selecting appropriate settings for different patients.
  • Recording the EKG: They initiate the EKG recording, ensuring all leads (electrical connections) are functioning properly and monitoring the patient’s comfort throughout the process.
  • Troubleshooting any technical issues: During the recording, they may need to address any technical issues with the machine or electrodes.

Post-procedure tasks:

  • Reviewing the EKG recording: Following the recording, technicians may review the results on the EKG machine to identify any potential abnormalities.
  • Preparing the EKG report: They may prepare a preliminary report summarizing the findings and noting any areas of concern for further review by a doctor or cardiologist.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting equipment: Technicians clean and disinfect the EKG machine and electrodes after each use to ensure proper hygiene and prevent cross-contamination.

Additionally, EKG technicians may:

They may be responsible for routine maintenance and calibration of the EKG machine to ensure its accuracy and functionality.

They may assist nurses or doctors with other tasks related to patient care in the cardiac unit or department.

* Salary Range

$37,400 - $81,300

(entry level – experienced)

* Regional Jobs Available

67

(3 year forecast)

Length of Training

5-8 weeks

Type of Training

In Person

Is it Right For You?

Here are some essential skills and qualities for success as an EKG technician:

  • Attention to detail: Accurate placement of electrodes and careful observation during the procedure are crucial.
  • Technical skills: Familiarity with the operation of EKG machines and basic troubleshooting is essential.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills: Effective communication with patients and healthcare professionals is necessary to explain procedures, answer questions, and collaborate effectively.
  • Compassion and empathy: Providing patients with a comfortable and reassuring experience during what can be a stressful time is important.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team: They need to be able to work independently on assigned tasks while also collaborating with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

Overall, EKG technicians play a vital role in supporting the diagnosis and monitoring of heart conditions. It’s a rewarding career path for individuals interested in the healthcare field, technology, and contributing to patient care.

* Pay Range Data: Occupational Employment Wages Statistics (OEWS). 2023-Q3.
* Demand: Forecast data is based off national projections provided by the BoLS and adapted for regional growth patterns by Chmura.