Under the supervision of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory (CNL) management team, the sleep technologist will provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. The technologist will perform outpatient clinical neurophysiology studies such as routine EEG, video EEG, ambulatory EEG and continuous ambulatory EEG and related CNP studies in the assigned clinical area, pediatric and adult.
Duties will include collecting, analyzing and integrating 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, and explaining pre-testing, testing, and post-testing procedures to the patient and/or family.
Follow procedural protocols such as 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 significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results. Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention as needed).
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.).
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.
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.
Measuring and accurately applying electrodes according to established guidelines. Performs routine EEG, video EEG, EEG, and specialized and related EEG, and/or EP studies on patients in all age groups in both the inpatient and outpatient setting according to laboratory protocols and standards. Performing basic video EEG monitoring under minimal supervision in the clinical areas served by the services of this department as assigned.
Performs neurological testing protocol on patients having a seizure. Understands basic EEG and recognizes general categories of abnormality. Recognizes, monitors as appropriate and/or eliminates artifacts. Obtains accurate recordings that address the clinical question, including testing patient's level of alertness as appropriate. Troubleshoots common EEG, and Video EEG recording system problems. Consults with supervisory staff about problems that cannot be resolved independently. Checks that recording is accurate before the patient leaves the laboratory or attending/fellow is called. Performs basic EEG archive and transfer functions. Fills out and submits forms and departmental documents that pertain to each procedure. Enters technical information into database. Other related duties as assigned.
Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus two years of related experience.
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