Polytechnologist II at Kaiser Permanente

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

Type: Standard
Location: ‘Aiea, Hawaii

Job Description:

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:
- Minimum eighteen (18) months of sleep laboratory experience.
- 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
- N/A