Polysomnographic Tech II Summary: The polysomnographic technologist functions independently to safely operate sophisticated medical equipment t record sleep/wake physiology. This individual prepares for and administers technically sensitive sleep studies to patients during overnight testing sessions. Application of recording devices to the patient, cleaning/sterilization of equipment, and monitoring of polysomnograms are essential duties of the technologist. Technologists are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of test data, recognizing sleep pathology when it occurs in the laboratory, as well as responding with the appropriate interventions to ensure patient comfort and safety. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 1. Assists in diagnosing and instituting treatment of sleep/wake disorders without direct supervision in accordance with established policies and procedures as assigned. 1.1. Reviews patient’s data sheet and requisition prior to the sleep study, recognizing chief sleep/wake compliant and determining appropriate study procedures. Communicates with ordering physician or facility to clarify unclear or inappropriate orders. 1.2. Responsible for set-up and calibration of monitoring equipment; measurement and application of appropriate EEG, EKG, and EOG monitoring electrodes; placement of recording transducers to measure airflow, respiratory effort, and oximetry. 1.3. Monitors patient status throughout the polysomnogram, recognizing and recording clinical and physiological events. Upon completion of polysomnogram, wakes patient and records post-test physiological calibrations. Removes electrodes and transducers and assists patient with hygiene as necessary. 1.4. Technician will complete and submit billing at the end of testing. 1.5. Score the polysomnogram, summarizing sleep/wake periods, REM episodes, arousal analysis, EEG phenomena, cardiac events, respiratory events, limb movements, and other physiological events according to current guidelines, and prepares polysomnogram for physician interpretation. 2. The polysomnography technologist will adhere to patient, equipment and employee safety policies and procedures, including pediatric and psychiatric patients with special needs. 2.1. Recognize and respond appropriately to patient’s medical problems and physiological events, especially cardiac dysrhythmias, respiratory events, and seizures. 2.2. Safely lift and move patient without harm to patient or self. 2.3. Check availability and function of emergency equipment. 2.4. Comply with universal infection and control procedures. 2.5. Properly disinfect and sterilize appropriate equipment, electrodes, and transducers. 2.6. Appropriately handle hazardous materials such as mercury, acetone, or collodion. 3. The technologist will conduct complex procedures and special activities. 3.1. Understand indications, contraindications, and adverse effects of nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP), and oxygen administration. 3.2. Apply and titrate therapy based on physician’s order and established protocols. 3.3. Arrange for home care and educate patient. 3.4. Conduct multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) and score using MSLT guidelines. 4. Participates in meeting the goals and objectives of the department to ensure that the department contributes to the attainment of the hospital’s goals and objectives. 4.1. Promotes and contributes positively to the teamwork of the department by assisting co-workers, contributing ideas and problem solving with co-workers. 4.2. Participate in planning and implementing change; maintaining and improving productivity through attendance; participation in staff meetings, committees, task forces, projects and discussions with team leader and director. 5. Will demonstrate regard for the dignity, respect, and safety of all patients, family members, visitors, co-workers, and hospital personnel as defined by the philosophy of the organization. 5.1. Displays a caring and courteous attitude and represents the hospital in a positive manner to all persons noted above 100T of the time, monitored by supervision. 5.2. Maintains the confidentiality of patient and department information, without infraction, monitored by supervision. 5.3. Promotes and contributes positively to intradepartmental and interdepartmental relationships with no more than two valid complaints in a six month period. 5.4. Adheres to department and hospital safety policies and procedures 100% of the time. 6. Maintains proper attendance and punctuality to ensure that the hospital is operated in an efficient and cost-effective manner. 6.1. Maintains proper attendance, in accordance with hospital policy, monitored by manager. Reports to work on time in accordance with hospital policy, monitored by team leader/director. 6.2. Provides adequate notice to supervisory personnel prior to absence or lateness in accordance with departmental policy, monitored by manager. Performance Standard: Adheres to the established Performance Expectations for WVUH Employees in the areas of People, Service, Performance Improvement, Shared Values and Culture. Supervisory Responsibilities: None Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Clinical setting. Other Skills and Abilities: None
Education and Experience:
• High school diploma or GED.
• A certified polysomnography or post-secondary or college education in a science or health-related area is preferred.
• Prior training as a nurse, EEG technologist, respiratory care practitioner, pulmonary function technologist, or other allied health professional is preferred.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
• CPR certification is required or must obtain certification within 90 days of hire.
• Professional certification is sleep technology is required.