Monitor surveillance technicians carefully observe monitors that graphically record the electrical activity of each heartbeat. They examine these patterns and provide the results to physicians and nursing staff. Monitor surveillance technicians work in hospitals where large numbers of patients are connected to telemetry monitors.
Monitor surveillance technicians duties:
-Gather and report heart pattern information on patients
-Operate monitoring computers that simultaneously display multiple patient results.
-Interpret heart rhythms and identify abnormalities
-Recognize changes in heart rhythms and relay the information to a nurse or physician
-Clean and maintain equipment, battery packs, and wiring systems.
Monitor surveillance technicians salary: $26,000 – $41,000
Students wanting to become Monitor Surveillance Technicians should prepare early by taking math, science and computer technology courses in high school. Upon graduation from high school they may enroll in training programs at vocational schools, community colleges, or hospitals. Program length varies from three months to two years.