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Patient Care Services

At the University of Michigan Health System, patient care is what we are all about. And a huge part of our system-wide commitment to quality care leverages the Allied Health professionals practicing within Patient Care Services.

Individuals within Patient Care Services provide extraordinary value – working directly with experts in various clinical fields; interacting with patients and families; performing procedures within their departments; documenting patient data; and assisting practicing clinicians with other duties as needed.

Join the talented members of our Patient Care Services team, who from health centers located on our campus and throughout our many communities, embody The Michigan Difference with excellent service in areas such as:

Cardio/Pulmonary Tech
Perform a variety of clinical and patient-focused duties, including pulmonary breathing tests and analysis. Pulmonary Technologists also monitor tests to ensure full patient effort; set-up, calibrate and maintain laboratory equipment; perform general lab duties and quality control/assurance functions; and prepare written documentation as required by faculty, such as evaluation results, individualized treatment plans, progress reports and related reports.

Electrocardiograph Technicians
Primarily operates electrocardiograph (EKG) machines to record electromotive variations of patients’ heart muscles in order to provide data used by physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of heart ailments. Electrocardiograph Technicians also arrange equipment, gather pertinent patient data, explain test procedures to patients, and operate varied equipment. Additional duties include marking, editing, mounting and labeling tracings for review and interpretation by physicians.

EEG/EMG Technologists
Perform high quality standard and complex neurophysiological monitoring in the operating room to assess the functional integrity of the peripheral and/or central nervous system during vascular, orthopedic and neurosurgical operative procedures. EEG/EMG Technologists also perform EEG tests, brainstem auditory, visual evoked responses and assist with EMG tests; study wave characteristics during testing to detect evidence of brain disorders and may mark graphs accordingly for study by physician or neurologist. Patient care assignment may include: Neonate Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric age groups.

ICU Technicians
Provide patient care under direct supervision of the RN. Also sets up and maintains specialized clinical equipment such as bedside scales, doppler, accucheck and hemodynamic monitoring equipment; prepares IV therapy; collects specimens; provides hygiene assistance to patients; and performs other delegated nursing procedures as needed.

License Practice Nurses
Provide general nursing care to patients under the direction of a registered nurse or team leader, including the administration of prescribed medications.

Medical Assistants
Collaborate with nursing and physician staff to ensure optimal patient care, assure efficient clinic flow and maintain accurate written or electronic patient information. Medical Assistants perform a variety of other clinical duties, such as taking vital signs, giving injections, executing simple diagnostic tests, collecting specimens, drawing blood, assisting with procedures, sterilizing and cleaning equipment, maintaining examination room at an outpatient care site. May also be responsible for some administrative duties as assigned.

Ophthalmic Technicians
Assists Ophthalmologists (medical doctors who diagnose and treat eye disease) by providing exceptional, patient-focused service, while performing a variety of clinical duties. Ophthalmic Technicians work closely with patients and physicians, and have many opportunities for growth in a fascinating and constantly changing field. Specific duties include taking patient histories and eye measurements; administering diagnostic tests and eye evaluations; assisting with eye surgery; and administering eye medications.

Surgical Technicians
Also referred to as Surgical Technicians, these health professionals primarily assist attending surgeons during operations and procedures. Surgical Technologists perform a wide variety of duties, including everything from setting up trays and passing instruments, to helping the surgeon with suturing and retraction of tissues. A surgical tech (ST) must be able to work well under pressure, respond appropriately and quickly to emergency situations, and work with speed, accuracy and concentration.