Slidell Memorial Hospital
A Polysomnographic Technologist works under the general supervision of the clinical director (MD) to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This involves Polysomnographic, diagnostic and therapeutic services, patient care and education. A Polysomnographic Technologist can perform the duties defined for a Polysomnographic Technician and provides oversight of other staff. Major Duties: Meets organizational expectations as defined by the Employee Standards of Performance, hospital and department policies and procedures, and the hospital's strategic goals. Verbalizes a clear understanding of continuous quality improvement and customer satisfaction measures and actively participates in improvement initiatives. Collects, analyzes and integrates patient information in order to identify and meet 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/clinical director and laboratory protocols. Explains pre-testing, testing, and post-testing procedures to the patient. Prepares and calibrates equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and makes adjustments if necessary. Applies electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards. Follows procedural protocols (such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen titration, etc.) to ensure collection of appropriate data. Follows "lights out" procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.). Performs Polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary. Documents routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results. Implements appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.) Follows "lights on" procedures to verify integrity of collected data and completes the data collection process (repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.). Scores sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines. Scores clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) according to department protocols. Generates accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data. Complies with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards regarding safety and infection control issues. Evaluates sleep study-related equipment and inventory. Responds to study participant's procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information.
Performs other duties as assigned or directed to ensure smooth operation of the organization. Education/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Preferred: Sandman Testing Equipment experience. Associates degree and Certificate in Allied Health. 3 5 years previous experience. Required: Demonstrates effective written and spoken communication skills. Demonstrates appropriate social skills. Demonstrates the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy. Complies with the BRPT Standards of Conduct. Performs appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and makes adjustments if necessary. Performs positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting. Demonstrates 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. High school diploma or GED. Successful completion of an accredited educational program leading to an associate degree with an emphasis in polysomnography or 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. 10 CEUs in sleep disorder medicine annually. (due 12/31 yearly). 2 years previous experience with RPSGT, CPR and current Louisiana State license in Polysomnography. Licensure/Certification:
Preferred: RRT, REEGT. Required: RPSGT, CPR, BCLS, and Current Louisiana State License in Polysomnography.