High school graduate or general educational development (GED)
Registered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) OR
Registered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) with some sleep experience preferred OR
Registered by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) with some sleep experience preferred
All are required to achieve BRPT registered status (RPSGT) within the first 18 months of employment. (Date of hire as a registered technologist - 0479)
Basic computer skills required
Reports to the Munson Sleep Disorders Center (MSDC) manager or appointed designee. Assists and communicates with the MSDC Medical Director or Sleep Specialists.
AGE OF PATIENTS SERVED
Cares for patients in the age category(s) checked below:
Neonatal (birth-1 mo.) Young adult (18 yr-25 yrs.)
Infant (1 mo-1 yr.) Adult (26 yrs-54 yrs.)
Early childhood (1 yr-5 yrs.) Sr. Adult (55 yrs-64 yrs.)
Late childhood (6 yrs-12 yrs.) Geriatric (65 yrs. & above)
Adolescence (13 yrs-17 yrs.) X All ages (birth & above)
No direct clinical contact with patients
Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare
Embraces and supports the True North philosophy of Munson Healthcare.
Promotes personal and patient safety.
Uses effective customer service/interpersonal skills at all times.
ALL TECHNICAL STAFF MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING:
- Must function as a member of the team, assisting other technologists in completing studies and patient care when needed. Must be willing to assist in both training and continuing education of fellow staff members when requested. Must be willing to request assistance if unfamiliar or difficult situations are encountered.
- Must be familiar with and adhere to all MSDC and Munson Healthcare policies, procedures and protocols. Must comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
- Must keep calm and act promptly in an intelligent and constructive manner during a crisis situation. Must complete assessment and intervention in patient care equipment or other problems.
- Must be able to prepare patient and assess date required for proper patient testing including:
- Review existing information in patient record.
- Examine orders and protocols for study.
- Recognize chief complaint.
- Communicates with ordering physician, manager or lead technologist to clarify unclear or inappropriate orders and communicate information about the patient’s status.
- Able to set-up and calibrate all monitoring equipment.
- Able to provide troubleshooting of all equipment during all testing.
- Measure and apply appropriately
- EEG electrodes using international 10-20 system.
- EKG, EMG, and EOG monitoring electrodes.
- Place and securely attach recording transducers to measure air flow, respiratory effort, oximetry and any other device ordered.
- Perform physiological calibrations, verify patient maneuvers, and record.
- Institute “lights out” and complete the following:
- Monitor the polysomnogram and chart patient data.
- Recognizes and record clinical and physiological events.
- Notes and corrects equipment malfunctions, eliminates artifact.
- Alter patient’s environment to obtain the required sleep/wake data.
- Observe and assist the patient throughout the recording time.
- Score the polysomnogram and generate reports summarizing sleep/wake period, REM episodes, arousal analysis, EEG phenomena, cardiac events, respiratory events, limb movements, and other physiological events according to current AASM guidelines noted in adults, children and infants.
- Carefully wake patient and record posttest physiological calibrations
- Remove electrodes, transducers and other medical equipment and assist patient with hygiene as necessary. Assist patient with discharge paperwork and instructions.
- Recognize and respond appropriately to patient’s medical problems and physiological events, especially cardiac dysrhythmias, respiratory events, and seizures.
- Must be proficient in proper use of HSAT devices and testing procedures:
- device operations, application of sensors, use, maintenance, warnings and safety
- Instruction of patients in the use of HSAT devices
- Troubleshooting of HSAT problems
- Infection control.
- Insures safety and welfare of all patients, including those pediatric and psychiatric patients with special needs.
- Check availability and function of emergency equipment.
- Understand indication, contraindications, and adverse effects of nasal CPAP, oxygen administration and BIPAP.
- Apply PAP therapy and preform titrations based upon both physician orders and established protocols.
- Arrange for home medical equipment care after patient selects their provider.
- Educates and provides patient follow-up and support.
- Conduct/ score and complete reports using AASM approved guidelines on all daytime testing including but not limited to.
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
- Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
- PAP-Nap test
- Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT)
- Pulse Oximetry Test
- AutoPAP set-up, adjustments and downloads
- Schedule patient studies as assigned.
- Maintain accurate records and documentation and file according to protocol.
- Chart Reviews for testing procedures
- Reminder calls as needed for testing procedures.
- Charges and reconciliations as needed.
- Answering the phone and providing documentation or information.
- Clinic patient check-in and follow up.
- Must participate in at least 30 credits (averaged 10 credits per year over the past 36 months) of sleep-related continuing education credits.
- Current CPR certification OR must obtain CPR certification within the first 30 days of employment.
- CPR certification must be maintained.
- Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.