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), and to determine final testing parameters/procedures in conjunction with the ordering physician or clinical director and laboratory protocols.
Complete and verify documentation.
Explain pre-testing, testing, and post-testing procedures to the patient.
Testing Preparation Procedures
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.
Follow procedural protocols as outlined in procedure manual (including Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT),Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT),)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 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 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 continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).
Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.)
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
Performs advanced and expert fitting for CPAP devices. Able to titrate CPAP/BIPAP/SV to achieve optimum settings without direct supervision.
Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions.
Polysomnographic Record Scoring
Score sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
Score clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals etc.) according to center specific protocols.
Generate accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data and submits to the interpreting physician for review and interpretation.
Participates in Quality Assurance plan by evaluating study acquisitions and performing scoring comparison studies.
Inputs accurate information into sleep database including ICD codes and patient information.
Service Management and Professional Issues
Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.
Perform routine equipment troubleshooting, care and maintenance and inventory evaluation of equipment, supplies, linen, and food items used in the center.
Maintain current BCLS certification and required continuing education for profession.
Has advance knowledge PAP equipment, downloading information, troubleshooting problems, and assisting patients with compliance issues.
Demonstrates ability to follow direction
Respond to study participant’s procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information.
Comply with the BRPT Standards of Conduct
Available to travel and work at any center location.
Performs all other duties as assigned by supervisor or manager.
Certification by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) or equivalent. BCLS certified. Degree and certification in a related allied healthcare preferred.
Minimum of 1 year experience working as an RPSGT in an accredited sleep facility. Minimum of 3 months experience scoring sleep studies with 85% correlation to standard. Computer skills using Electronic Medical Records, Microsoft Windows and Office preferred.