This position is in the Speech Pathology Department at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The main purpose of the position is to assist in maximizing the efficiency and delivery of patient care performed by the Speech-Language Pathology staff. The Health Technician Speech-Language Pathology assists in setting up and delivering face to face and telehealth visits by preparing the equipment for patient evaluation and preparing evaluation rooms for speech-language pathology procedures. The health technician generates therapeutic stimuli and home programs for routine treatments in collaboration with a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP); monitors facility compliance with established policies; and verifies radiology orders for swallow procedures. The health technician tracks the progress of prosthetic orders and communicates with the SLP and patient regarding the order status. The health technician completes documentation in the patient record for each episode of care and codes procedures as appropriate in preparation for co-signature by the SLP. Duties, roles, and responsibilities of this position are covered in three functional areas: 1. Clinical Assistance with patient care: Coordinate Speech Pathology services and care with or through outside parties Communicate with Veterans when requested, to facilitate appropriate delivery of prosthetics equipment and/or to verify equipment was delivered Assist Speech Pathologists during swallowing studies, voice evaluations, and trachea-esophageal voice prosthetic changes 2. Education Participate in Speech Pathology, Rehabilitation Care Service, and interdepartmental staff development programs Attend scheduled meetings and in-services as appropriate Order educational handouts for both staff and patient through medical media 3. Administrative Prosthetics/Logistics: Assist Speech Pathology staff order prosthetic devices Manage prosthetics equipment when delivered to clinic Monitor tracheoesophageal supply inventory, track expiration dates, and reorder when needed Communicate with Speech-Language Pathology staff when an order is delayed and follow up with prosthetics and/or manufacturer on estimated arrival Communicate with prosthetics when an issued device is returned to remove items from patient's medical inventory Supply: Manage clinic materials & swallow evaluation stock (e.g. tongue depressors, kitchen supplies), monitor expiration dates of stock, reorder as needed Track inventory and order quarterly supplies for Speech Pathology Speech Pathology Divisions. (is a Purchase Card holder) Initiate special orders when requested by the Speech-Language Pathology staff Reusable Medical Equipment (RME): Correctly name and verbalize the purpose of medical equipment used in SLP studies Maintain competency for handling of Speech Pathology RME Infection control: Maintain personal protective equipment and disinfectants for Speech-Language Pathology Clinic Pre-clean RME (per standard operating procedure) Ensure all RME is returned from Sterile Processing Service (SPS) in a timely & routine fashion and check for damage Monitor RME sterilization expiration dates and check the integrity of equipment Assist with sending equipment for repair Maintain clean, disinfected, and sterilized equipment (including transportable workstations), test batteries, trial devices and work surfaces for the Speech-Language Pathology Clinic including the treatment spaces Grid/Appointment Management: Assist with clinic grid requests to ensure timely and accurate completion Contact Veterans and families to address variety of questions related to scheduled appointments Place reminder calls to help reduce missed opportunities Encounter Completion: Manage no-action taken lists for all Speech Pathology encounters Communicate with providers & supervisor if actions are pending to close encounter within 4 days Trial equipment: Maintain the Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) device, & cognitive-prosthetic device trial library Manage information security, and infection control for all trial devices Patient Safety: Assist with patient transfers in safe manner in accordance with hospital Patient Safety guidelines and use proper transfer techniques with Safe Patient Handling equipment Demonstrate compliance with Radiation Safety guidelines in accordance with hospital policy Manage monthly dispersal of dosimeters to Speech Pathology staff and report any unusual findings Consult Management: Assist with monitoring Speech Pathology consult completion Communicate with triaging clinicians and scheduling clerks regarding discrepancies in schedule Work Orders: Enter & monitor work orders placed for equipment repairs Equipment Inventory List: Annually verify 95% of equipment on EIL in possession of Speech Pathology, all divisions, as requested Maintain equipment file folders for both departments Missing items are identified on the Report of Survey form (VA Form 90-1217) Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 7:00am to 3:30pm. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.