Hancock Regional Hospital

Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)

Job ID
2017-3861
Shift
Varied
Department
Sleep Center
Position Type
Full Time

Overview

A Technologist has earned and maintained certification as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT). Polysomnographic Technologists work under the genreal direction of the Program Director and Lead Technologist to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep and neurologic disorders. This may involve polysomnography, electroencephalography, home studies, diagnostic and therapeutic services, CPAP setup, or patient care and education. Sleep studies, EEGs and home studies may require travel in the employee's personal vehicle to satellite facilities or patient’s homes up to 75 miles from Hancock Regional.

A Polysomnographic Technologist provides supervision of Technicians and Trainees.

This summary is intended to be a general description of the work performed by the person in this position and is not intended as a complete list of responsibilities, duties and skills.

Responsibilities

Verify the medical order and protocol. Complete and verify documentation. Explain the procedure and orient the patient to the sleep & EEG center

Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments if necessary.

Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.

Perform appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustments if necessary.

Perform positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting and setup.

Follow procedural protocols such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen titration, electroencephalogram (EEG) tests, home studies, etc. to ensure collection of appropriate data.

Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.)

Perform Polysomnographic and EEG data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.

Document routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic and EEG results.

Assist with appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, adaptive servo ventilation, oxygen administration, etc).

Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.)

Develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.

Qualifications

Minimum 2 years experience preferred. Knoweldge of healthcare system environment and role of Polysomnographic Technologist in healthcare. Demonstrates organizational and time management skills. Demonstrates knowledge and technical skill necessary for providing competent, comprehensive patient care. Demonstrates awareness of nationally recognized industry standards for current practice and trends in the field. Mandatory Annual Continuing Education: Customer Service, Fire and Safety, Confidentiality-HIPAA, Infection Control, Corporate Compliance. Annual Unit Specific Competencies, and all education required by regulatory, accreditation bodies and/or Hancock Regional Hospital. The position requires credentialing as RPSGT or RST, and CRT or RRT.
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