POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC TECH

Overview
To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values—integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion—must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

The polysomnographic technologist, under the direction of the supervisor and the Patient Services Manager, prepares the pediatric patient, conducts overnight physiologic studies-polysomnograms(PSG), collects vital signs and other pertinent information to ensure proper interpretation by the physician/polysomnographer in accordance with established policies and procedures as assigned. Maintains vigilience in a non-stimulating environment and knows when to consult the supervisor physician regarding the patients status. Attention to detail is critical since the quality of data from the PSG is solely the responsibility of the technologist.

EEO/AA Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Responsibilities

  • 1. Under the the direction of the supervisor, prepares the pediatric patient, conducts overnight physiologic studies, polysomnograms (PSG), and collects pertinent information to ensure proper interpretation by the Physician/Polysomnographer in accordance with established polices and procedures as assigned. .
    • 1.1 Formats optical disks for data acquisition, retrieves and archives data into the computer system. Anticipates and recognizes computer hard and optical disk data space limitations, transfers and archives data to prevent data loss during the overnight study
  • 2. Follows YNHH and the Pediatric Sleep Center established safety precautions and procedures in the performance of all duties to insure a safe and clean environment
    • 2.1 Recognizes and responds appropriately to patient's medical problems and physiological events, especially respiratory problems, seizures or cardiac dysrhythmias including notifying the Medical Director, activating emergency button for urgent help and administering supplemental oxygen or basic life support until help arrives.
  • 3. Collaboration with co-workers, physicians both within the hospital and the outside community.
    • 3.1 Assists and supports a learning environment. Assists new staff with understanding patient equipment set-ups.
  • 4. Displays committment to professional growth and development by regular attendance at department meetings and educational programs and orientation participation.
  • 5. Maintains vigilance in a non-stimulating environment and knows when to consult the nurse/physician regarding the patient's status. Attention to detail is critical since the quality of data from the PSG is solely the responsibility of the technologist
    • 5.1 Majority of work is done overnight, ability to maintain wakefulness is essential.
  • 6. Reviews existing information in the patient record, examines orders and protocols for study, recognizes sleep/wake or respiratory complaints, sleep patterns and potential need for treatment intervention during testing, collects pertinent patient information to insure proper interpretation by the physician and communicates with ordering physician or center/lab director to clarify unclear or inappropriate orders and communicates information about the patient's status.

Qualifications

EDUCATION


High school graduate. Previous education in allied health or life science is helpful in assimilating the normal and abnormal physiology, as well as in working with the sophisticated equipment used during the polysomnogram. .
Become A Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) within 6 months of hire following 18 month clinical experience at the pediatric sleep center.


EXPERIENCE


A minimum of two (2)years in Health Care related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience if not a RPSGT. Training in the Pediatric Sleep Center may be a possibility.
Minimum one (1) year health care experience that includes neonates, young infants, toddlers and special needs children.


LICENSURE


Obtain RPSGT credential within 2 years.


SPECIAL SKILLS


Has the ability to understand normal cardiorespiratory, neurologic, and sleep/wake physiology.


PHYSICAL DEMAND


Overnight as well as flexible shifts



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