The END technologist must have sufficient strength, motor coordination and manual dexterity to:
- Transport, move, lift and transfer patients from a wheelchair or cart to a patient bed; and
- Move, adjust and manipulate a variety of equipment.
The electroneurodiagnostic technologist is an individual who possesses the knowledge, attributes and skills necessary to obtain interpretable recordings of patients' nervous system function. This individual works in collaboration with the electroencephalographer and is skilled in the following duties:
- Communicating effectively with patients, family and other health care personnel,
- Abstracting a patient history,
- Applying adequate recording electrodes and using EEG/EP techniques as indicated by each patient's specific problems,
- Documenting the clinical condition of the patient,
- Understanding and employing the optimal utilization of the equipment,
- Understanding the interfacing of EEG/EP equipment and other electrophysiological devices, including a thorough understanding of personal and patient electrical safety,
- Recognizing and understanding the EEG/EP activity displayed,
- Recognizing, correcting, and/or identifying artifacts,
- Managing medical emergencies in the laboratory,
- Recognizing and correcting instrument faults,
- Understanding cortical and depth recording procedures,
- Assuring cleanliness and sterility by the selection and/or performance of appropriate disinfecting techniques,
- Preparing recordings for future storage, with documentation of specific recording conditions,
- Preparing a descriptive report of recorded activity for the physician.
The technologist should be capable of assuming responsibility for:
- Supervising EEG/EP technicians
- Managing a laboratory
- Keeping laboratory records, and
- Ordering supplies.