An electrocardiogram (EKG) monitor technician assists physicians with preparing, performing, and reviewing electrocardiographic exams. EKG monitor technicians operate technology that provides information for the diagnosis of heart conditions; as such, an EKG monitor technician must be proficient in interpreting results to detect abnormalities. An EKG monitor technician constantly interacts with patients, preparing patients for the procedure by taking down their medical history and answering any concerns they have about the testing process. The EKG monitor technician may also be involved in administrative management by scheduling patients, transcribing test results, writing reports, and performing other clerical procedures.
The EKG monitor technician is an integral part of any health care team that deals with the management of cardiovascular diseases. They usually report to a physician and assist them during surgical procedures. EKG monitor technicians can work in a range of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, doctors' offices, medical laboratories, and hospices. Most EKG monitor technicians work full time, and they may work unconventional schedules that include evenings, weekends, and/or overnight shifts.
Requirements to become a qualified EKG monitor technician vary by job and state. The minimum requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent, along with accreditation from EKG monitor technician course. Some jobs may require that the candidate has experience in certain procedures and/or has certifications such as from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the EKG Technician Certification (CET) exam.
EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Tasks
Study patients’ charts to determine their normal heart rhythm so abnormalities are detectable.
Report significant changes in patients’ heart rate and arrhythmias to nursing staff.
Watch heart rate monitors for abnormalities.