Hancock Regional Hospital

Polysomnographic Tech - Sleep Center

Job ID
2017-3885
Shift
Varied
Department
Sleep Center
Position Type
Full Time

Overview

Polysomnographic Technicians work under the general direction of the Program Director 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. Some training will be available for the right candidate who may not have all the skills necessary in these areas. To qualify for on the job training you would need to have obtained the credentials of RRT or CRT. Sleep studies and EEGs may require travel in the employee's personal vehicle to satellite facilities or patient's homes up to 75 miles from Hancock Regional Hospital.

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.
• The 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 tasks.

Qualifications

Minimum 1 year experience in healthcare preferred.
• Knowledge of healthcare and role of Polysomnographic Technician.
• 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, RST, CPFT, RPFT, CRT, RRT, RRT, R. EEG T., R. EP T., CNIM, an Associate Degree, or other healthcare credentials accepted by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
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