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Company: Aultman Health Foundation
Location: Canton, OH
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech

Description

PURPOSE OF POSITION
A Polysomnographic Technologist works under the general supervision of the clinical director (M.D., D.O., or PhD) 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 of other staff.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS
· Collect, analyze, and integrate patient information 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.
· Complete and verify documentation.
· Explain pre-testing, testing, and post-testing procedures to the patient.
Testing Preparation Procedures
· Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning
· Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
· Perform appropriate physiological calibrations to ensure proper signal and adjust
· Perform positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting.
Polysomnographic Procedures
· Follow procedural protocols {such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen titration etc.} 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 adjust, if necessary.
· Document routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and significant events to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results.
Polysomnographic Technologist
· Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic interventions such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).
· Follow "light 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.).
· Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
· Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions.
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.
Service Management and Professional Issues
· Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.
· Perform routine and complex equipment care and maintenance.
· Evaluate sleep study related equipment and inventory.
· Maintain current CPR or BCLS certification.
· Demonstrate effective written and spoken communication skills.
· Demonstrate appropriate social skills.
· Respond to study participant's procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information.
· Comply with the BRPT Standards of Conduct.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.  Aultman is an Affirmative Action employer.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
· Education:  High School graduate or higher level of education
· Satisfactory completion of an accredited program leading to an associate degree with emphasis in polysomnography OR satisfactory completion of a polysomnography program of no less than one-year duration associated with a state licensed and/or nationally accredited educational facility.
· Certified by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPGST) or will obtain within a minimum of 12 months after hire.
· Must have current BLS.
· Demonstrates ability to understand and utilize computer systems.
· Demonstrates positive interpersonal skills.
· Function independently, have flexibility, and ability to work with all levels of personnel.
· Demonstrates professional conduct in the clinical setting.
 
WORKING CONDITIONS
· Normally works ten-hour nights, may rotate to day shift, and assist to meet the patient's needs.
· Shifts will occur Monday- Friday nights 8:30pm-7:00am; with a Saturday night rotation.
· Lunch and break periods must be coordinated with other staff members to maintain adequate office staffing during departmental operating hours.
· Sitting/standing/moving about intermittently during working hours.
· Subject to frequent interruptions and changes in priority of duties throughout the shift.
· Physical requirements may be but not limited to standing, walking, bending, and lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs.
· Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust to focus.
· Will work under the direction of the Physician.
· Computer use on a daily basis.
· Expected to adhere to policies and procedures.
· Expected to fulfill position description requirements.
· Works with highly confidential data and situations; maintain HIPPA.
· Hazardous Exposure Category: 1


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