Endoscopy Technician

Certified Endoscopy Technician, Certified Flex Endoscope Reprocessor   More Names
Certified Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor (CFER), Certified Flexible Endoscopy Reprocessor, Chief Technician, Endoscope Technician, Endoscopic Technician, Endoscopy Specialty Technician, Endoscopy Technican, Endoscopy Technician, Endoscopy Technicians, Gastroenterology Technician, Gastrointestinal Technician (GI Technician)
Description

Maintain a clean and sterilize work setting in support of physicians and nurses during endoscopy procedures. Place devices such as blood pressure cuffs and cardiac electrodes to monitor patients' vital signs during procedures. Also prepare and maintain endoscopy instruments and equipment.

Endoscopy technicians work primarily in hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices to ensure that all equipment and supplies that are used by physicians (including surgeons) and nurses during endoscopic procedures with patients are clean and sterile. Their work is crucial to ensuring a safe, sanitary environment for endoscopy work.

Endoscopy involves looking inside the body for medical reasons by use of an endoscope. This is an instrument used to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body. Unlike most other medical imaging devices, endoscopes are inserted directly into a body organ, tract, or system.

Endoscopy technicians commonly are involved with examinations of the gastrointestinal tract (i.e. small and large intestine, stomach, etc.). Some endoscopy technicians, however, may also assist with examinations of the ear, respiratory tract (i.e. nose and lower respiratory tract); female reproductive system; or urinary tract. Additionally, through use of a small incision, endoscopy also is used to examine closed parts of the body, such as the abdominal or pelvic cavity, the interior of a joint, or organs of the chest. It is also used during orthopedic and plastic surgery.

The duties of endoscopy technicians include cleaning, disinfecting, and calibrating scopes or other endoscopic instruments. They also perform safety checks to ensure equipment is working properly, and help maintain and repair equipment as needed.

Endoscopy technicians assist in preparing the suites or rooms where procedures will be performed. During procedures, they assist physicians and nurses, as instructed, including help with transporting and positioning patients. They also may collect samples and specimens from endoscopies and help to prepare them for transportation to a clinical laboratory for analysis.

The occupation of endoscopy technician is an entry-level medical support position. With additional education and training, it can lead to clinical laboratory opportunities as a medical and clinical laboratory technician or technologist. Alternatively, additional medical education and training may result in career ladder opportunities in clinical medical or surgical assisting careers.

Credentials Needed: Endoscopy technicians are not required to be state licensed or registered. However, certain voluntary industry-based, skill certifications may be useful in support of this occupation. Organizations that sponsor such useful certifications include the American Medical Technologists (AMT) and Natiional Healthcareer Association (NHA).

The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD) plans, develops and administers various competency-based international certification examinations for personnel performing cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and inventory management activities, regardless of the setting. These certification exams include the G.I. Scope Certification Exam with eligibility and other details about this exam and certification available on the CBSPD website.

The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) sponsors several voluntary education and training courses for endoscopy technicians and others. Information about these courses provided under the "Education & Training" profile for this career.

Some Key Things to Remember: Endoscopy technicians maintain a clean and sterilize work setting in support of physicians and nurses during endoscopy procedures. They place devices such as blood pressure cuffs, pulse sensors, and cardiac electrodes to monitor patients' vital signs during these procedures. They also help prepare and maintain endoscopy instruments and equipment. This is an entry-level healthcare industry position for which some college coursework or an associate's degree is desirable, but not required. Endoscopy technicians do not have to be state licensed or registered.

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Percent Job Growth:  
12% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $27,920 - $45,380    Hourly: $13 - $22
Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

Moderate exertion. Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

12% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $27,920 - $45,380

Hourly: $13 - $22