Endoscopy technician serve in an assistant role, helping with patient procedures and care surrounding endoscopy procedures. Daily duties include preparation for the procedure, assisting in the actual procedures, and maintaining equipment between procedures. Other responsibilities include general patient care, clerical duties, and other miscellaneous office duties. Work is done in close cooperation of physicians, registered nurses, and other team members, with a large emphasis on cooperation.
Most endoscopy technician positions start with a training period in which the applicant learns the procedures and protocols of the job. This is important, as many medical regulations, detailed procedures, and other training aspects must be followed consistently. The endoscopy technician's work is done in an indoor environment such as a hospital or office, typically during standard business opening hours. There are minimal physical requirements aside from being able to move around the office and potentially assisting elderly patients and patients with disabilities when necessary.
Requirements for the job vary based upon the level of the position, but most require some experience in a healthcare environment. A certification as a nursing assistant, in basic life support, or in endoscopy training may be necessary or preferred for some positions. Educational requirements are limited to high school diplomas or equivalent. Skills required for this position include communication skills, being detail-oriented, reading and writing skills, and the ability to learn quickly.
Endoscopy Technician Tasks
Collect, process and handle patient specimens according to established guidelines.
Reprocess and maintain scope equipment and devices, maintain overall cleanliness of work area.
Restock supplies and prepare room before and after patient procedures.
Assist physician endoscopy patient procedures, anticipate and instruments and supplies.