A Polysomnographic Technologist works under the general supervision of the clinical director (M.D., D.O., or PhD) or designee to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This may involve polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services or patient care and education. A Polysomnographic Technologist can perform the duties defined for a Polysomnographic Technician and may provide supervision of other staff.
Primary Population Served:
Neonatal (0-28 days)
Adult (18- 65 years)
Infant (28 days-1 year)
Geriatric ( > 65 years)
Pediatric (1-12 years)
Adolescent (13-18 years)
Gather and Assess Patient Information
the patient-specific needs (Physical/mental limitations, current emotional/physiological status regarding the testing procedure, pertinent medical/social history), and to determine final testing parameters/procedures in conjunction with the ordering physician or clinical director and laboratory protocols.
- Collect, assess, and integrate patient information in order to identify and meet
Testing Preparation Procedures
- Complete and verify documentation.
- Explain pre-testing, testing, and post-testing procedures to the patient.
functioning and make adjustments if necessary.
- Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper
make adjustments if necessary.
- Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
- Perform appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and
- Perform positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting.
Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen
- Follow procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT),
titration etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data.
(such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates,
- Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values
quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.
- Perform Polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing
changes in procedure, and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and
- Document routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events,
interpretation of polysomnographic results.
safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive
- Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient
airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc).
complete the data collection process (repeats the physiological and instrument
- Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and
calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.)
specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of neonatal,
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age
pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
- Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic
Polysomnographic Record Scoring
movements, arousals etc.) according to center specific protocols.
- Score sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
- Score clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb
Service Management and Professional Issues
- Generate accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
safety and infection control issues.
- Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding
- Perform routine and complex equipment care and maintenance.
- Evaluate sleep study related equipment and inventory.
- Maintain current CPR or BCLS certification.
- Demonstrate effective written and spoken communication skills.
- Demonstrate appropriate social skills.
- Respond to study participant’s procedural-related inquiries by providing
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy.
- Comply with the Standards of Conduct of the Board of Registered Polysomnographic
Education, Training, Licensure and Experience Requirements:
- Certification by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist or equivalent.
Successful completion of an accredited educational program leading to an associate degree with an emphasis in polysomnography.
Successful completion of a polysomnography program of no less than one year duration associated with a state licensed and/or a nationally accredited educational facility or equivalent experience and documented proficiency at all competencies required of a Polysomnographic Technician.
A minimum of 18 months of experience prior to 2009 as a Polysomnographic Trainee with documented proficiency in all required competencies.
- Current CPR/BLS required.
- High School Diploma/GED required.
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