Under general supervision of clinical director (M.D. or D.O.) or designee, provides comprehensive evaluation & treatment of sleep disorders which may involve polysomnography, diagnostic & therapeutic services or patient care & education.
Essential Functions: - Collects, analyzes & integrates patient information to identify & meet patient-specific needs (physical/mental limitations, emotional/physiological status regarding testing procedure, medical/social history), & determine testing parameters/procedures in conjunction w/ ordering physician or clinical director & laboratory protocols. - Completes & verifies documentation. - Explains pre-testing, testing, & post-testing procedures to patient. - Prepares & calibrates polysomnographic equipment to determine proper functioning. Applies electrodes & sensors according to accepted published standards. Performs appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals. Makes adjustments, if necessary. - Follows procedural protocols [Multiple Sleep Latency Test, Maintenance of Wakefulness Test , parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen titration, etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data. - Follows lights out procedures to establish & document baseline values (body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory & heart rates, etc.). - Performs polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free. Makes adjustments, if necessary. - Documents routine observations, including sleep stages & clinical events, changes in procedure, & significant events to facilitate scoring & interpretation of polysomnographic results. - Implements appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety & therapeutic intervention such as continuous & bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.). - Follows lights on procedures to verify integrity of collected data & complete data collection process (repeats physiological & instrument calibrations & instructs patient on completing questionnaires, etc.) - Oversees & performs difficult & unusual polysomnographic procedures & therapeutic interventions. - Scores sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines. - Scores clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) according to laboratory specific protocols. - Generates accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake & clinical event data. - Performs routine & complex equipment care & maintenance. Evaluates sleep study related equipment & inventory. - Responds to study participant's procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information. - Complies w/ Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) Standards of Conduct. - Performs positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting. - Participates in established Quality Assurance, Improvement & Assessment Programs. - Participates in the application for sleep laboratory accreditation/re-accreditation process, as requested. - Orients & trains new-hires Polysomnographic Technologists. Orients & assists w/ training of Sleep Lab Technicians I & II.
Basic Qualifications: Experience - Minimum eighteen (18) months of sleep laboratory experience. Education - Associate's degree with emphasis in polysomnography, OR successful completion of polysomnography program of no less than one (1) year of duration associated with state licensed and/or nationally accredited educational facility. License, Certification, Registration - Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification. - Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).
Additional Requirements: - Demonstrated advance knowledge of cardiopulmonary physiology related to respiration and sleep. - Proficient with non-invasive positive airway pressure treatment modality. - Demonstrated ability to score studies. - Proficient with computerized PSG system, non-invasive positive airway pressure treatment modality. - Demonstrated proficiency in testing and collecting polysomnographic data of adult patients. - Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in customer service, interpersonal relations, oral communication, results orientation, teamwork, written communication, and organization. - Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in word processing and spreadsheet PC applications.