Ekg Technician

County of Santa Clara
Full Time 144 quarter per week $60,039 - $72,469 Per year CA Santa Clara Valley Medical Ctr, 751 S Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128, United States Apply before 6/30/2024 11:59


Under general supervision, to operate electrocardiograph (EKG) and other cardiac monitoring equipment and to provide clerical support to the electrocardiography department.

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Typical Tasks

  • Receives requisitions for electrocardiograms and other cardiac monitoring examinations;
  • Performs inpatient and outpatient routine and Short Turn Around Time (STAT) EKG's, including walk-in patients referred from other clinics;
  • Prepares and assists patients prior to examinations, attaches electrodes, and operates the electrocardiograph;
  • Verifies valid physician order or requisition for EKG study, verifies patient identifiers and inputs patient demographics into EKG machine;
  • Monitors the recording procedures to discern artifact or abnormalities;
  • Prepares EKG and other cardiac tracings for upload into EKG Data Storage System and assigns studies to be read by physicians;
  • Prepares, sets up, and instructs patients for the 24 hour ambulatory Holter cardiac monitoring procedure;
  • Prepares appropriate EKG charges for data entry by department billing personnel;
  • Cleans and performs light maintenance on EKG equipment and notifies internal biomedical equipment repair staff or equipment vendors for more difficult repairs;
  • During daily inpatient rounds, performs checks on unit EKG carts to verify accuracy of time, date and other settings;
  • Maintains records of daily EKG processes; edits and transcribes functions for lead EKG attachments, Holter reports and 30 day Event reports;
  • Maintains files, prepares new file folders in accordance with established protocols and procedures, searches for and pulls files;
  • Performs Quality Control by verifying all hard copy data has been transferred to EKG Data Storage System;
  • Collects EKGs from all inpatient and outpatient sources on all shifts (such as emergency department and health clinics) in electronic format or via regular delivery system; verifies accuracy of data and uploads studies to EKG Data Storage Systems;
  • Makes copies of EKG tracings and reports upon request of other departments and
  • agencies; 
  • Orders departmental supplies;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards

Training and experience sufficient to enable a candidate to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed below.

Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) issued by the American Heart Association is required for all positions.

Experience Note:

A candidate would normally acquire the knowledge and abilities through attainment of one of the following:

A Certificate of Achievement or Certificate of Completion from an accredited EKG Technician training program, Laboratory Assistant/EKG Technician program, or Phlebotomy Technician/EKG Technician program consisting of 144 quarter hours (or equivalent) of classroom training in EKG and an externship of at least 160 hours that included any of the following: Holter monitoring, event monitoring, stress testing, or treadmill training;


Two (2) years of recent patient care experience within the past four (4) years in an acute care hospital, one (1) year of which was performing EKG procedures.

Knowledge of:
  • Basic principles of patient care and general hospital organization;
  • Basic electrocardiogram (EKG) and related cardiac monitoring examinations;
  • Basic medical terminology;
  • Basic techniques of anatomical placement of electrodes for EKG and related examinations;
  • Operation of electrocardiograph and other basic cardiac diagnostic machines;
  • Normal and abnormal wave patterns and their variants;
  • Artifacts in tracing and methods to eliminate or correct;
  • Basic computer operations and software programs.
Ability to:
  • Apply techniques and anatomical placement of electrodes for EKG and related examinations;
  • Operate electrocardiograph and other basic cardiac diagnostic machines;
  • Apply techniques for anatomical placement of electrodes for EKG and related examinations;
  • Distinguish between normal and abnormal wave patterns and their variants;
  • Recognize artifact in tracings and correct or eliminate it;
  • Deal tactfully and empathetically with persons under stress;
  • Perform basic computer operations and data entry;
  • Maintain files and records and write brief reports;
  • Establish effective working relationships with patients, hospital staff, the public and others.