Works under medical supervision to perform and evaluate overnight polysomnograms. Functions independently to safely operate sophisticated medical equipment to record sleep/wake physiology. Application of recording devices to the patient, cleaning/sterilization of equipment, and monitoring of polysomnograms are essential duties of the technician. Must recognize sleep pathology and respond with appropriate interventions.
Must have working knowledge of normal cardio/respiratory, neurological, and sleep physiology. Understands the function and can troubleshoot the equipment used to monitor and record breathing (airflow/effort), EEG, electrocardiograms, EMG, pulse oximetry. Such knowledge provides the basis for monitoring polysomnograms and recognizing pathology that requires treatment.
Demonstrates the ability to operate as a polysomnography technologist and a registered respiratory therapist if assigned.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Performs sleep disorder testing to include: obstructive sleep apnea, therapeutic studies, Myoclonus, Narcolepsy, and portable monitoring.
2. Cleans, sterilizes, packages, and maintains all equipment.
3. Reviews polysomnogram and generates initial or final report that accurately summarizes sleep/wake periods, REM, episodes, arousal analysis, EEG phenomena, cardiac events, respiratory events, limb movements, and other physiological events according to current guidelines.
4. Attends departmental meetings on a regular basis and reads and initials meeting minutes.
5. Recognizes and responds to all emergency and non-emergency situations.
6. Understands indications, contraindications, and adverse effects of all procedures performed in sleep center.
7. Ability to titrate CPAP both nasal/oral BiPAP and oxygen based on physician’s order and established protocols.
8. Schedule patients and perform precertification prior to testing.
9. Maintain accurate records and file patient charts.
10. Other duties as assigned by charge/lead technician, medical director, or department manager.
11. Education of patients, public, and staff.
Associates or Bachelors degree from an accredited AMA school for Respiratory Therapy. Seminar attendance in sleep disorders required yearly.
Licensed by the State of Ohio to practice Respiratory Care Registered Respiratory Therapist by NBRC. Current CPR certification. All employees must continue their education in sleep disorders with the intention of becoming a RPSGT within a reasonable amount of time. RPSGT preferred. Basic critical care course required.
Previous experience in all areas of respiratory care and cardiovascular required, including sleep disorder testing.