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Polysomno Technologist

Carle Foundation
Urbana

Job Description

A sleep (polysomnographic) technologist provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders including in-center and home sleep apnea testing (HSAT), diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and comprehensive patient care. Provides sleep related education and support to patients and families. A sleep technologist is able to perform the duties defined for a sleep technician and is able to provide general oversight of other sleep center staff. The sleep technologist is credentialed in sleep technology (RPSGT or RST).

Qualifications:
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
and or 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 & LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) or Registered Sleep Technologist (RST) and Basic Life Support (BLS)

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
One (1) year Sleep Lab

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Must have strong interpersonal and customer-service skills. Possess appropriate computer skills for the position (advanced computer operation/troubleshooting; Word and Excel). Good verbal and written communication skills; ability to perform basic math/computations. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and ability to follow direction.

Essential Functions:

Documents patient arrival, interactions, and consent for testing.
Reviews patient history and supporting documentation for medical necessity. Acquires and documents additional information from the patient or ordering provider, if needed, to ensure appropriateness of testing and parameters.
Reviews and verifies departmental orders for testing.
Performs routine positive airway pressure (PAP) interface fitting, desensitization, and education.
Prepares patient for testing according to policy, selecting appropriate equipment per order.
Per policy, documents routine observations during testing. Correlates physiologic data and behavioral observations to facilitate scoring and interpretation of data.
Performs equipment and physiologic calibrations to ensure quality data; monitors data quality to ensure recording is artifact-free.
Performs equipment cleaning and disinfection; assures infection and quality control according to policy.
Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide age specific care for all populations seen in the Sleep Lab.
Follows "Lights On" procedures to verify integrity of data, and completeness of test documentation and patient forms.
Develops and maintains effective working relationships; communicates professionally and respectfully with all internal and external customers.
Assists in requesting and maintaining testing supplies; participates in routine department tasks and orderliness of work area.
Demonstrates proficiency in distinguishing sleep states and identifying clinical events, according to professional guidelines. Scores sleep/wake stages and clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) utilizing professionally accepted guidelines.
Generate accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
Demonstrates the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy.
Implements appropriate interventions (including patient safety and sleep-related therapeutic interventions).
Supports and participates in quality and performance improvement (PI) initiatives.
Performs and demonstrates proficiency in performing ancillary testing (oximetry, actigraphy, home sleep apnea testing). Follows procedural protocols for Multiple Sleep Latency (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing (MWT).
Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide age specific care for all populations seen in the Sleep Lab.
Per policy, documents routine observations during testing. Correlates physiologic data and behavioral observations to facilitate scoring and interpretation of data.
Reviews patient history and supporting documentation for medical necessity. Acquires and documents additional information from the patient or ordering provider, if needed, to ensure appropriateness of testing and parameters.
Performs and demonstrates proficiency in performing ancillary testing (oximetry, actigraphy, home sleep apnea testing). Follows procedural protocols for Multiple Sleep Latency (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing (MWT).
Develops and maintains effective working relationships; communicates professionally and respectfully with all internal and external customers.
Demonstrates proficiency in distinguishing sleep states and identifying clinical events, according to professional guidelines. Scores sleep/wake stages and clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) utilizing professionally accepted guidelines.
Able to train and oversee Polysomnographic Trainees and Technologists.

Employment Type

PRN - As Needed

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