**Current, permanent VA employees or Federal employees from other agency, should apply to CBST-11288059-22-DL.** The Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) (GI) is responsible for assisting in the care of persons referred to the Gastrointestinal (GI) Medicine Section and associated clinics. The incumbent assists with the full range of gastrointestinal examinations in the Ambulatory Procedure Unit (APU). These studies include screening flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopies, ERCP, capsule endoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and combination colonoscopy/EGD exams on adult patients. Duties include, but are not limited to: Assisting the staff with complex specialized procedures such as Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS); Identifies normal and abnormal patient responses to the exams, potentially dangerous complications and other changes that occur during invasive exams or through medical regime. Determine endpoint stages of testing; provide life-saving intervention of the immediate notification of a gastroenterologist; Assists in the performance of screening flexible sigmoidoscopies, colonoscopies, EGDs, and combination colonoscopy/EGD exams, manometry and capsule endoscopy using appropriate machinery, positioning of the patient and handing of specimens; Notifies patients of needed follow-up visits; Collects, processes, and labels all specimens; Maintains a healthy proficiency in percutaneous-endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement, its indication and intended effect. Is thoroughly aware of the possible complications that can arise from the procedure and its misplacement; Independently provides monitoring and medical assessment care to a patient pre and post procedure and determines whether the patient meets discharge criteria; Precepts and trains other Medical Instrument Technicians in accordance with the position description. Possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to troubleshoot and address the various procedural and clinical situations in which a trainee might find themselves; Maintains a thorough knowledge of the drugs and medications involved with the treatment of common digestive diseases. Must understand the indications and routes of delivery for many common antiemetic drugs, proton-pump inhibitors, hepatic medications and other common cardiac and diabetic medications for patients with multiple co-morbidities. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm or 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (GI)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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