Polysomnographic Tech Intern - Elyria Medical Center: PRN
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POST DATE 8/8/2020
END DATE 8/11/2020
An Intern Polysomnographic Technologist works under the general supervision of a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist, or Registered Respiratory Therapist, Sleep Disorder Specialist, the Clinical Manager and Medical Directors to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This may involve polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services or patient care and education. The RPSGT or RRT-SDS will serve as a preceptor to PSG Intern/Student. Under direct supervision of a RPSGT/RRT-SDS, the Intern/Student may participate in the Domains of practice listed below:
1. GATHER AND ANALYZE PATIENT INFORMATION
a. Collect, analyze, and integrate patient information in order to identify and meet patient specific needs (physical and mental limitations, current emotional/physiological status regarding the testing procedures, pertinent medical/social history). The RPSGT/RRT-SDS will determine the final testing parameters/procedures in conjunction with the information collect and obtained by the Intern/Student and the ordering physician or clinical director and laboratory protocols. b. Complete and verify documentation
c. Explain pre-testing, testing, and post-testing procedures to the patient
2. TESTING PREPARATION PROCEDURES
a. Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments, if necessary
b. Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
c. Perform appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustment if necessary.
d. Perform routine positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting.
3. POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES
a. Follow procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP and oxygen titration, etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data.
b. Follow \\"lights out\\" procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.)
c. Perform polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.
d. 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.
e. Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).
f. 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.).
g. 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.
h. Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions
4. SERVICE MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS
a. Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.
b. Perform routine and complex equipment care and maintenance.
c. Maintain current CPR or BCLS certification.
d. Demonstrate effective written and spoken communication skills.
e. Demonstrate appropriate social skills.
f. Demonstrate ability to follow direction.
g. Respond to patient's procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information
h. Demonstrate the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy
i. Comply with Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technology Standards of Conduct
EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE:
Knowledge of scope of practice and thorough understanding of the basics of patient monitoring and care delivery.
Good interpersonal skills.
Currently enrolled in a polysomnography program, that is a nationally accredited education facility, maintaining a C average or higher. Has the permission of the clinical instructor to participate under student permissions.
Will float between Elyria and Avon