The Sleep Center at Chest Medicine Associates is currently hiring full-time Sleep Technologists. Our Sleep Technologists work under the general supervision of the medical director or designee to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders including in center and home sleep apnea testing, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, comprehensive patient care and direct patient education
Sleep Study Preparation and Set-up
Collect, analyze and integrate 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).
Determine final testing parameters/procedures in conjunction with the ordering physician or clinical director and laboratory protocols.
Review the patient’s history and verify the medical order.
Follow sleep center protocols related to the sleep study.
When patient arrives, verify identification, collect documents and obtain consent for the study.
Explain the procedure and orient the patient for either in center or home sleep apnea testing.
Provide age appropriate patient education.
Select appropriate equipment and calibrate for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments, if necessary.
Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
Perform routine positive airway pressure (PAP) interface fitting and desensitization.
Sleep Study Procedures
Follow procedural protocols [such as diagnostic PSG, Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, Auto SU, UAGs, oxygen titrations, etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data.
Perform appropriate physiological calibrations to ensure proper signals and make required adjustments.
Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.).
Perform data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free. Identify, correct and document artifact.
Document 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.
Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).
Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeat the physiological and instrument calibrations and instruct the patient on completing questionnaires, checking for completeness, etc.).
Score sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
Score clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) utilizing American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) standards.
Generate accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
Successful completion of an accredited educational program leading to a certificate or associate degree with an emphasis in sleep technology or successful completion of a sleep technology program associated with a state licensed and/or a nationally accredited educational facility or equivalent experience and documented proficiency for all competencies required of a sleep technician.
Certification by a nationally recognized certification board and holds either the Registered Sleep Technologist (RST), Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT), or Sleep Disorders Specialist (SDS) credential.
About The Sleep Center at Chest Medicine Associates
For 25 years, Chest Medicine Associates has been serving patients in the Greater Portland area and from throughout Maine and southern New Hampshire. Chest Medicine Associates is a medical practice devoted to specialty care in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Physicians in our practice are specially trained to diagnose and treat lung diseases, critical illnesses, and sleep disorders. Our physicians and staff are committed to providing high quality care, prompt medical attention, and a personalized approach to health care problems.