The task of an Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician or Cardiographic Technician is to conduct diagnostic tests on patients such as electrocardiography or EKG, Holter monitor procedures, and stress tests. These tests help guide a physician in the diagnosis and treatment of cardio-vascular and blood vessel problems. The EKG Technician is trained to attach electrodes to certain areas of a patient's body in order to track the heart's electrical impulses. He or she has demonstrated knowledge in the operation of an electrocardiogram equipment and related devices. The EKG Tech is responsible in monitoring the test and in documenting the test results. At a minimum, the EKG Technician must have completed a 2-year Associate's degree program and a one-year Certification in EKG and related tests. Holding a Bachelor's degree would increase the chance of moving up to a technologist position. Most hospitals and large medical facilities hire EKG Technicians and in some cases, provide on-the-job training to qualified people especially those who had been employed there for a quite a while and have proven capabilities. The skills required for this position are: mechanical aptitude, attention to detailed instructions, good communication skills which is essential in dealing with physicians, pleasant bedside manners since the tech deals mostly with patients who have life-threatening conditions. The EKG Technician usually works in a laboratory or diagnostic office surrounded by fellow medical personnel and the patients who are there to undergo these tests. He usually reports to a laboratory supervisor. The tech does not supervise people. Due to the nature of the medical setting, he or she may be asked to work in a shift schedule and/or to render overtime when necessary.
Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician Tasks
- Operate electrocardiogram equipment to perform routine or emergency tests.
- Monitor and document test results.
- Advise physicians in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac, vascular, or blood vessel issues.