Military health care includes medical treatment for heart, lung, and brain disorders. Physicians need sophisticated tests to help diagnose and treat these problems. Cardiopulmonary and EEG (electroencephalograph) technicians administer a variety of diagnostic tests of the heart, lungs, blood, and brain using complex electronic testing equipment.
What They Do
Cardiopulmonary and EEG technicians in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
- Take patients’ blood pressure readings
- Attach electrodes or other test equipment to patients’ bodies
- Help physicians revive heart attack victims
- Adjust settings and operate test equipment
- Monitor graphs and screens during tests
- Talk to physicians to learn what tests or treatments are needed
- Keep records of test results and discuss them with medical staff
- Operate electrocardiographs and other test equipment
Helpful school subjects include algebra, chemistry, biology, or related courses.
Helpful attributes include:
- Ability to follow strict standards and procedures
- Ability to keep accurate records
- Interest in electronic equipment
- Interest in learning how the heart, lungs, and blood work together
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
- Diagnostic procedures
- Operation and maintenance of diagnostic equipment
- Preparation of patients for testing
- Methods of resuscitation
Cardiopulmonary and EEG technicians usually work in hospitals and clinics. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals.
Civilian cardiopulmonary and EEG technicians work in hospitals, clinics, and physicians ’ offices. Their duties are similar to those performed in the military. They may specialize in either cardiovascular (heart), pulmonary (lungs), or electroencephalographic (brain) testing.