The Registered Polysomnographic Technologist performs comprehensive polysomnographic testing and analysis, and associated interventions, including CPAP, BIPAP therapy, ASV/AVAPS, O2 administration, and TCO2 monitoring under the general supervision of the clinical director (MD, DO) or designee.
- Review history, physical information, medications, procedure request, and study protocol
- Complete and verify documentation
- Explains test procedures completely and professionally to patients
- Prepares and calibrates 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 makes adjustments if necessary
- Competently records and collects test procedure though understanding of diagnostic equipment, methodology, and diagnosis.
- Documents routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results.
- Gives verbal reports on patients to appropriate personnel when necessary.
- Responds appropriately to inquiries and complaints
- Implement appropriate interventions including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, AVAPS, ASV, oxygen administration, etc.
- Performs job function in accordance with policy and procedure manual.
- Ability to improvise/modify testing procedures as circumstances necessitate (i.e. unsuccessful titration, mask desensitization).
- Follow light’s on procedures to verify the integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs patient on completing questionnaires, etc.)
- Adapts to changes or unusual circumstances within the department and promotes cooperation and minimize disruption in the working environment
- Maintains current knowledge of departmental updates and policy and procedures
- Maintains a clean, well-organized department/work area.
- Demonstrates flexibility in accepting schedule and work assignments. Accommodates changes in workloads. During light workload situations, seeks out additional tasks/assignments.
- Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.
- Perform routine equipment care and maintenance and inventory evaluation
- Ability to follow instructions
- Participates in quality improvement activities
- Utilizes communication skills to promote interpersonal, intradepartmental relationships and effective conflict resolution
- Keeps lead tech and manager informed when problems may interfere with work being completed properly and on time
- Performs mask fits/oximetries appropriately and completes documentation/downloading of data for interpretation.
- Scores sleep/wake stages, clinical events following accepted guidelines
- Generates accurate reports for interpretation.
- 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
- Professional development achieved through hospital courses and outside courses to maintain the required 50 CEU’s every 5 years
- Assists with orientation of new hires/students
- Acknowledges each person in a friendly manner with a smile and eye contact. Offers assistance as needed. Maintains a professional image
- Actively participates or solicits customer needs and strives to exceed the expectations of our customers. Responds to customer concerns immediately
- Treats each other with courtesy and respect, not making excuses or blaming other employees or departments. Works together to improve customer service.
- Clinical Care: Ensure that quality patient care is delivered to all patients on a 24-hour basis, and the unit is maintained in accordance with professional and regulatory standards and the philosophy and goals of Hoag.
- Perform other duties as assigned
Education, Training and Experience:
- Graduate from a CAAHEP Polysomnographic accredited program, The A-STEP program, or have completed one of the 5 Pathways to Registration as defined by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. The candidate should be registry eligible.
- Knowledge of the Carefusion diagnostic system.
Skills or Other Qualifications:
- Demonstrates effective communication, interpersonal skills, organizational ability, knowledge of proper body mechanics, safety measures and infection, and the ability to follow instructions.
License and Certifications:
- Must be registered by the BRPT or an equivalent exam accepted by the AASM within 6 months from the date of hire.
- Must be registered with the Medical Board of California within 6 months from the date of hire.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) - current certification required upon employment