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Working As An EKG Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $68,850

    Average Salary

What Does An EKG Technician Do At Highmark Health

* Provides timely, high quality diagnostic testing such as ECG's, Holter Monitors, and Event Monitors accurately and efficiently and according to established guidelines for procedure. (40%)
* Performs ECG Management System (MUSE) functions and related clerical duties. (30%)
* Maintains testing equipment and department in clean operating condition. (10%)
* Maintains organized and complete documentation of clinical data for all procedures, and ensures the availability of complete electronic files for physician review. (20%)
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

What Does An EKG Technician Do At UPMC

* Accountable for the accurate performance and follow through of tests in accordance with standard departmental procedures.
* Identify anatomical landmarks for the correct placement of the electrocardiographic leads.
* Acquire electrocardiograms in a manner compatible with the electrocardiographic management system.
* Recognize and resolve computer error messages generated by the electrocardiographic carts.
* Assist other departments/units and satellite areas in this regard as well.
* Apply for Holter Monitoring/Event Monitoring and remove monitors as assigned.
* Assist in teaching and orientation of new technicians.
* Monitor lead placement of both CHS and non
* CHS personnel of quality control as assigned.
* Deliver final electrocardiograph reports to patient units as directed.
* During off shifts and weekends, complete all work without supervision to include basic knowledge of the operation and maintenance of the electrocardiographic management system.
* Exercise good judgment in the prioritization of work.
* Such judgment is especially critical when prioritizing the scheduling of several STAT electrocardiograms when requested proximately.
* If appropriate, the employee should discuss condition/situation of the patients with the unit staff in determining prioritization of the STAT requests.
* Interact with electrocardiographic management, hospital HER systems via terminal to edit reports, cancel/complete patient charges as appropriate, verify and/or correct patient demographic information and retrieve EKGs for staff members as requested.
* Interact with vendors on monitor readings, supplies and equipment returns.
* Manage daily care and maintenance of expensive digital transmitting electrocardiographic equipment

What Does An EKG Technician Do At Sinai Health System

* Performs routine ECG studies on neonatal, pediatric and adult patients in accordance with physicians written orders.
* Places electrodes on patient's chest, legs, and arm area.
* Attaches leads from ECG machine to patient for standard ECG recording.
* Notes any significant technical comments on the recording and has knowledge of the rhythms: modified lead placement, uncontrolled patient movement, etc.
* Reports any abnormal findings to the patient's RN or MD.
* Performs routine Holter and Event monitoring procedures on adult and pediatric patients.
* Instructs patient in care of the monitor and required activity documentation.
* Prepares skin and attaches leads.
* Provides hook-up and scans 24 and 48 hours holter monitor after completion of study.
* Instructs and educates patients the importance of completing the diary of any palpitations during the study and reports the findings to MD
* Performs cardiac exercise stress testing and nuclear cardiology stress testing under physician supervision.
* Orients patient to procedure, takes patient history, prepares skin and attaches leads and monitors the entire procedure with the nurse and MD.
* Documents any significant patient complaints during the procedure (including pain).
* Records baseline ECGs, BPs, and monitors patient under the supervision of the responsible physician.
* Prepares patients for stress echocardiography procedures.
* Prepares skin and attaches leads.
* Records baseline ECGs

What Does An EKG Technician Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* Reviews requests from computer for accuracy and completeness, pulls correct prior EKGs.
* Proper labeling of EKG report with name, date, time, and room number
* Files accurately, attaches EKG to correct priors.
* Scans all tracings on the same day as typed.
* Maintains the confidentiality of all records.
* Maintains current EKG files.
* Accurately transcribes reports.
* Processes daily charges in Meditech
* Holter Monitoring:
* Instructs patients about test with regard for the cultural and age related needs of the adolescent, adult and geriatric patient, and adjusts communication accordingly.
* Maintains privacy.
* Accurate prep and lead placement, knowledge of anatomical sites.
* Prepares monitoring equipment by proper tape insertion battery inspection.
* Educates patient and family concerning diary, physical limitation while wearing monitor, length of test and when to return, using appropriate communication as it relates to the specific population served.
* Maintains logbook and holter equipment in proper condition.
* Cleans and maintains holter equipment after each use.
* Heart Station Processes:
* Maintains a neat work area.
* Tracks, orders, obtains and stores supplies.
* Identifies and informs coordinator of special ordering needs.
* Takes and delivers messages in a timely manner.
* Distributes mail/reports properly and in a timely fashion.
* Effectively organizes and uses time.
* Aware of insurance carrier requirements such as referrals.
* Works proactively with registration and billing for accurate charging and credit of cardiac diagnostic studies.
* Stress Testing:
* Instructs patients about procedure with regard for the cultural and age related needs of the adolescent, adult and geriatric patient, and adjusts communication accordingly.
* Maintains privacy.
* Interview and preps patient and reviews medical documents for pertinent history.
* Verifies informed consent.
* Establishes baseline heart rate and blood pressure measurement.
* Explains/instructs in use of treadmill and normal physiological response to exercise.
* Explanation of the physiologic agents and antidotes, if indicated.
* Monitors EKG and blood pressure during recovery phase.
* Reports abnormal responses to the physician.
* Completes clerical functions and utilizes the computer to complete billing information
* Accurately completes logbook.
* Cleans and maintains testing equipment after each use

What Does An EKG Technician Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* Checks the grease board for any messages or requests.
* Sends any EKG’S or report requests out.
* Distributes reports to appropriate physician’s office, patient files, etc.
* Answers the phones and take messages as required in a courteous manner and using proper telephone etiquette.
* Takes event monitor transmissions including processing, notifying charge nurse if suspects abnormalities.
* Cleans patient monitors and cables when they are returned.
* Performs event and holter monitor applications
* Attends department meetings, in-service and programs relative to position or departmental needs as scheduled.
* Must be proficient in 12 – Lead Electrocardiograms including set-up, processing of paperwork, and maintenance of equipment and use of MUSE System.
* End of the Month Physician billing and daily reconciling of EKG charges.
* F/U with Nursing/RT staff on QI issues

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How To Become An EKG Technician

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, need formal education, such as an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.


Colleges and universities offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in sonography and in cardiovascular and vascular technology. One-year certificate programs also are available from colleges or hospitals.

Employers typically prefer graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Sonography, cardiovascular, and vascular education programs usually include courses in anatomy, medical terminology, and applied sciences. Most sonography programs are divided into the specialized fields that correspond to the relevant certification exams, such as abdominal sonography or breast sonography. Cardiovascular and vascular programs include coursework in either invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular or vascular technology procedures. In addition to classroom study, most programs also include a clinical component in which students earn credit while working under a more experienced technologist in a hospital, physician’s office, or imaging laboratory.

High school students who are interested in diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular technology, or vascular technology should take courses in anatomy, physiology, physics, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire diagnostic imaging workers with professional certification. Many insurance providers and Medicare pay for procedures only if a certified sonographer, technologist, or technician performed the work. Certification is available from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

Diagnostic imaging workers can earn certification by graduating from an accredited program and passing an exam. Most of the certifications are for specialties in diagnostic imaging; for example, a sonographer can earn a certification in abdominal sonography. Most diagnostic imaging workers have at least one certification, but many earn multiple certifications.

In addition, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have a Basic Life Support certification, which shows they are trained to provide CPR.

Few states require diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed. Professional certification is typically required for licensure; other requirements vary by state. Contact state medical boards for more information.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Diagnostic imaging workers must follow precise instructions to obtain the images needed to diagnose and treat patients. They must also pay attention to the screen while scanning a patient’s body because the cues that contrast healthy areas with unhealthy ones may be subtle.

Hand-eye coordination. To get quality images, diagnostic imaging workers must be able to accurately move equipment on the patient’s body in response to what they see on the screen.

Interpersonal skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must work closely with patients. Sometimes patients are in extreme pain or mental stress, and they must get cooperation from the patient to create usable images.

Physical stamina. Diagnostic imaging workers are on their feet for long periods and must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must understand how to operate complex machinery and computerized instruments.

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EKG Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Polish

  • Portuguese

  • Gujarati

  • Korean

  • Hebrew

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Romanian

  • Albanian

  • Persian

  • Tagalog

  • Serbian

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Marathi

  • Bengali

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Top EKG Technician Skills

  1. Holter Monitors
  2. Perform EKG
  3. Therapeutic Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed emergency and scheduled EKG's, set up Holter monitors in the emergency room and performed patient education.
  • Perform EKG's, CPR, Phlebotomy, setup and assist physicians
  • Assisted physicians in the performance of various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the Electrophysiology Labs.
  • Performed EKGs and cardiac stress tests on both inpatients and outpatients.
  • Responded to code blue events to facilitate a continuous monitoring of the patient's heart rhythms.

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