Il Tecnico di Neurofisiopatologia negli Usa

Prendendo spunto dalle molte richieste di colleghi per svolgere la nostra attività fuori dai confini nazionali iniziamo con questi brevi resoconti sull’Electroneurodiagnostic Technician che è la traduzione della nostra figura professionale negli Stati Uniti.

L’articolo che segue e tratto da una domanda posta sul noto quotidiano Los Angeles Time.

Question: I am interested in the brain and how it functions. Is there a technician job that has to do with brain waves?

Response: You could consider becoming an Electroneurodiagnostic (EEG) Technician. You would be recording the electrical activity of brain waves using an electroencephalograph machine. Physicians use the results of the electroencephalograph to diagnose brain and nervous system disorders.
When administering an EEG, the technician reviews the patient’s medical records and history, explains the procedure, applies electrodes to designated spots on the patient’s head and operates controls on the recording device. Recording sessions can take 20 minutes for a single nerve conduction study or up to 8 hours for an overnight sleep study.
The technicians also maintain and file records and perform simple repairs on the electroencephalograph machine. EEG technicians may also be called an Electroencephalogram Technician or an Electroencephalographer.

Employment Outlook
There is a growing shortage of health technicians, including those who administer EEG recordings.

Salary Range
The annual pay of entry-level EEG technicians in the Los Angeles area range from approximately $25,000 to $34,000 with a median of $28,000.

Training Options and Costs
Most hospitals and medical centers offer on-the-job training for EEG technicians. Minimum job requirements typically include a high school diploma and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.

The following are professional organizations that offer CPR classes:

American Heart Association www.americanheart.org AHA provides an online listing of CPR course providers including approximately 30 in the Los Angeles County area.

Professional Standards
California doesn’t require registration or a license to perform electroneurodiagnostic recordings. However, most hospitals and medical centers are requiring that staff EEG technicians earn registration with the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic Technologists (ABRET) within three years of employment. ABRET registration requires passing an oral and written examination. It offers a practice written exam for $15 and also a handbook for the written exam which can be downloaded from their web site. The written exam fee is $230 and the oral exam fee is $275. Test site locations include Los Angeles.
Currently, you can qualify to take the registration examination by completing three years of work experience as an EEG Technician. However, ABRET is trying to create a higher standard of competency in the field. By 2005, the minimum registration requirement may include completion of an associate’s degree, preferably in an allied health field or the sciences.

For further information, contact:

American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic Technologists (ABRET)
Executive Office
1904 Croydon Dr.
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 553-3758
www.abret.org

Professional Association
After earning ABRET registration, you could join ASET.

American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists (ASET)
426 W. 42nd Street
Kansas City, MO
(816) 931-1120
Fax (816) 931-1145
www.aset.org

This is a professional association for individuals involved in the study and recording of electrical activity in the brain and nervous system. Membership benefits include industry updates through online articles and publications such as the Journal of Electroneurodiagnostic Techology, discounts on educational publications, and networking through an online membership directory. Annual professional dues are $75.

Articolo a cura di: Susan W. Miller, M.A., is a National Certified Career Counselor, a Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist and holds diplomate status on the American Board of Vocational Experts. She heads California Career Services, a private practice career counseling firm in Los Angeles.
E-mail career questions you’d like answered to info@californiacareerservices.com or visit California Career Services at www.californiacareerservices.com.

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Articolo a cura di: Nancy Giguere, Star Tribune Sales and Marketing

Field Of Opportunity: Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist
Electroneurodiagnostic technologists, or ENDTs, are in great demand. Students with a two-year degree in this little-known field have their pick of jobs.

Think of healthcare, and immediately careers like nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy or X-ray technology come to mind. But electroneurodiagnostic technology? There’s one you’ve probably never heard of. “That’s unfortunate because electroneurodiagnostic technologists, or ENDTs, are in great demand. Our graduates can pretty much pick where they want to go,” says Jan Buss, who directs the program in clinical neurophysiology technology at Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester.

What do they do?

ENDTs perform tests that record electrical activity in the brain and nervous system. These include:

Electroencephalograms (EEG), which record the electrical activity of the brain. They’re useful in diagnosing brain disorders such as epilepsy.
Evoked potentials, which measure the response of the central nervous system to the stimulation of a specific sensory nerve pathway. This test can help diagnose multiple sclerosis.
Nerve conduction studies, which record the response of nerves and muscles to an electrical stimulus. These studies can be used to diagnose nerve disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Polysomnograms used to evaluate sleep and diagnose sleep disorders, such as apnea.
Autonomic testing, which measures involuntary nervous system function that controls blood pressure, heart rate and sweating. This test is used in the diagnosis of systemic disorders like syncope or chronic fainting.
A growing area of practice is intraoperative neuromonitoring, which involves monitoring the patient’s safety during brain and spinal surgery.

Our job is to provide the physicians with the highest quality recording so they can interpret the data and make a diagnosis,” Buss says.

Education and outlook

The Mayo program offers a two-year associate degree that prepares students to work in all areas of testing and to take a national registration exam. Some accredited programs also offer a diploma in EEG testing. ENDTs work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, epilepsy monitoring units, sleep disorder centers, research institutions and the medical instrument industry. According to information compiled by the Mayo School of Health Sciences (http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/cnt-career.html), the median annual starting salary for full-time technologists is $41,000. Senior technologists and those monitoring surgical procedures can expect to earn upwards of $60,000.

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