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Intraoperative neuromonitoring or IONM technologists work alongside anesthesiologists and surgeons in operating rooms, monitoring brain signals and testing the nervous system to reduce or avoid complications. They use technologies such as electromyography, somatosensory-evoked potentials, and lectroencephalography, etc.
Patients benefit from neuromonitoring during certain surgical procedures- especially surgery where there is risk to the nervous system. Most neuromonitoring is utilized by spine surgeons or neurosurgeons, but vascular, orthopedic, otolaryngologists and urology surgeons also have a need for neuromonitoring technicians as well. IOMN technologists are able to perform monitoring functions that promote the smooth flow of the surgical procedure and positive patient outcomes.
In the US, IONM licensure has not been legislated at the state or federal level. Although most facilities do require licensure and certification as well as internal regulations that effect staffing IOMNs. There are at least two private certifications available: CNIM (Certified in Neurophysiological Intraoperative Monitoring) and D.ABNM (Diplomat of the American Board of Neurophysiological Monitoring).
Hiring an IOMN
Having an IOMN on staff is an important part of your surgical team. IOMNs are used most often by spine surgeons or neurosurgeons, but vascular, orthopedic, otolaryngologists and urology surgeons. The technician is able to work with anesthesiologists and surgeons in operating rooms to monitor brain signals and to test the nervous system during a procedure. IOMNs are able to perform monitoring functions that promote the smooth flow of the surgical procedure and positive patient outcomes.
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