Endoscopy techs work closely with other nurses and doctors who work in the gastroenterology field. Much of their work takes place in clinics or hospitals that hold a surgical or gastroenterology clinic and some find jobs in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. Endoscopy techs in many cases find positions that require them to be on-call, which results in them working irregular hours.
The Endoscopy tech in some cases is also known as a Gastrointestinal Technician. The tech must also collaborate with other caregivers, supervisors and is responsible for the technical functions related to assisting with GI procedures. The endoscopy tech will fulfill their role by helping prepare the procedure room, assist with the procedure, manage staff, troubleshoot any problems that may arise and also help cleaning equipment and instrumentation. They must also help stock, order and track supplies and work under a direct supervisor, manager or administrator.
Endoscopy techs must learn how to work fast in a busy environment and must understand the importance of teamwork. Many hospitals that specialize in endoscopy procedures may perform hundreds of procedures a month including colonoscopies, Tranesophageal Echocardiograms, Cardioversions, Bronchoscopies and Pain Management.
Like any other job, there are physical requirements too such as walking, standing, gripping, grasping, reaching below shoulder level, bed mobilization and understanding of proper body mechanics, lateral transfers (bed to gurney), lifting up to 25 pounds, pushing and pulling over 100 pounds and carrying up to 25 pounds.
The endoscopy tech must be able to have proper assessment skills and be able to evaluate patient care needs, complete physician orders as directed, administers prescribed meds, change dressings for wounds, monitor vital signs, serves as the person in charge of coordinating of all nurses and doctors and staff for coordinated care and communicate patient's condition as required, instructs and educates patients and families.