Polysomnographic Technician – University Sleep and Pulmonary Associates
A sleep technician performs comprehensive sleep testing and analysis, and associated interventions under the general supervision of a sleep technologist and/or the medical director or designee. A sleep technician can provide supervision of a sleep trainee.
• High school diploma or equivalent.
• Successful completion of a sleep technology program, associated with a state licensed and/or a nationally accredited educational facility.
• A minimum of six months of experience as a sleep trainee with documented proficiency in all required competencies.
• Holds a Certified Polysomnographic Technician (CPSGT) credential or equivalent.
Conditions of Employment:
• Within 18 months of employment, must be registered to take the RPSGT exam and provide evidence of application submission by 19 months of employment.
• Within 2 years of employment, must pass the RPSGT exam. (Applicant can take the RPSGT exam up to three times, but must pass the exam prior to 2 years of employment).
• Must remain employed with CCFMG for at least one year after becoming a Registered Polysomnography Technologist. (If leaving CCFMG employment prior to one year after becoming a Registered Polysomnography Technologist, will reimburse CCFMG for A-STEP and exam fees).
Experience & Certifications:
• Current CPR certification required.
• Must have 10 hours of continuous education per year.
• Comply with applicable laws, guidelines and standards regarding safety/infection control issues.
• Follow HIPPA policies to maintain the privacy and security of patient information.
• Excellent Customer Service.
• Able to work hands-on with patients.
• Good verbal and written communication skills.
• Basic computer skills.
• Able to work hands-on with patients.
• Standard office equipment including computers, fax machines, copiers, printers, telephones, etc.
• Position in a well lighted office environment. Frequent interaction with a varied and diverse patient population.
• Employee may be exposed to chemical vapors such as cleaning and disinfecting solutions. There may also be skin contact with these substances.
• Employee may be exposed to infectious agents including bloodborne pathogens
• Requires manual and finger dexterity, eye-hand coordination for the operation of the sleep study equipment; training on equipment provided. Frequent lifting & assist patients in and out of wheelchairs with weights up to 300 lbs.
• Involves sitting approximately 80 percent of the day, walking or standing the remainder.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk or hear.
• The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
• The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
• Review the patient’s history and verify the medical order.
• Follow sleep center protocols related to the sleep study.
• When patient arrives, verify identification, collect documents and obtain consent for the study.
• Explain the procedure and orient the patient for either in center or out of center sleep testing.
• Select appropriate equipment and calibrate for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments if necessary.
• Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
• Perform routine positive airway pressure (PAP) interface fitting and desentization.
• Follow procedural protocols (such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP and oxygen titration, etc.) to ensure collection of appropriate data.
• Perform appropriate physiological calibrations to ensure proper signals and make required adjustments.
• Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.).
• Perform data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free. Identify, correct and document artifact.
• Document routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results.
• Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).
• Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeat the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, checking for completeness, etc.)
• Assist with scoring sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
• Assist with scoring clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) utilizing AASM standards.
• Assist with the generation of accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
• Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
• Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to perform portable monitoring equipment preparation and data download.
• Perform patient education and instruction appropriate for out of center sleep testing.
• Demonstrate adherence to cleaning and disinfection procedures for portable monitoring devices.
• Assist with scoring portable monitoring recordings according to AASM scoring parameters; identify artifact, inadequate signals and study failures and generate an accurate report.