Polysomnographic Technologist II
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POST DATE 8/20/2016
END DATE 10/19/2016
JOB DESCRIPTIONJob Summary
A Polysomnographic Tech II works under the general supervision the clinical director (M.D., PhD., D.O.) or designee to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This may involve polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services or patient care and education. A Polysomnographic Technologist can perform the duties defined for a Polysomnographic Technician and may provide supervision to other staff.
PATIENT AGE GROUP SERVED
May serve all Patient Age Groups including infant (0-18 months), child (1-12 years), adolescent (13-18 years), adulthood (19-65 years), and Geriatrics (65+ years) depending on department specific competencies.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Follows procedural protocols (such as Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP and oxygen titration, etc.) to ensure collection of appropriate data. Demonstrates 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.
2. Follows lights out procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.) Follows 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.).
3. Performs polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and makes adjustments, as necessary.
4. Demonstrates effective written skills. 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.
5. Implements appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and Bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).
6. Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions. Demonstrates the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy.
7. Scores sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines. Scores clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) with center specific protocols. Generates accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
8. Performs routine and complex equipment care and maintenance. Evaluates sleep study related equipment and inventory.
9. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Completes all hospital required and job-related in-services and applies the information as needed. Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues. Maintains current CPR or BCLS certification.
10.Demonstrates the components of the ICARE values statement.
11.Communicates effectively with patients, family members, medical staff, co-workers, and other hospital personnel to contribute to the quality of the procedure and the work environment.
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
Successful completion of a polysomnography program associated with a state licensed and/or nationally accredited educational facility or equivalent experience and documented proficiency at all competencies required of a Polysomnographic Technician.
Certification by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) and an additional registry with the American Board of Registered Electroencephalographic Technologist (ABRET) or Certificiation/Registry by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). A Bachelor s degree or higher may replace the requirement for the second registry.
Eighteen months (18 months) plus experience
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
Certification by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) or Certified/Registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (CRT/RRT). Current BCLS upon employment, ACLS preferred.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Basic computer skills required. Must have a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally with other members of the health care team. Must have the ability to build and sustain interpersonal relationships and provide friendly customer service.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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