Polysomnographic Technician (Per Diem)

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 01-18-2018
A Polysomnographic Technician performs comprehensive Polysomnographic testing and analysis and associated interventions under the general supervision of a Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) and/or the clinical director (MD, PhD, DO) or designee.  A Polysomnographic Technician can provide supervision of a Polysomnographic Trainee.
Interacts with staff, physicians, patients and their families, other healthcare providers, Hospital and University officials, and the general public. Interacts internally with patients, staff, physicians, other healthcare providers, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.  Interacts externally with vendors and professional associations.
  • Reviews history, physical information, medications, procedure request and study protocol.
  • Completes and verifies documentation.
  • Explains the procedure and orient the patient to the Sleep Center.
Testing Preparation Procedures
  • Prepares and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and making adjustments, if necessary.
  • Applies electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
  • Performs appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustments if necessary.
  • Performs routine positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting.
Polysomnographic Procedures
  • Follows 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.
  • Follows “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.).
  • Performs Polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.
  • 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.
  • Implements appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, 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).
Polysomnographic Record Scoring 
  • Assists with scoring sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
  • Assists with scoring clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movement, arousals, etc) with center specific protocols.
  • Assists with the generation of accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
Service Management and Professional Issues
  • Complies with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.
  • Participates in equipment care and maintenance and inventory evaluation.
  • Responds to study participant’s procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information.
  • Attends 75% of staff meetings.
  • Attends all required trainings.
  • Is a member of a professional organization (APT, AASM etc).
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
  • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
  • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
  • A minimum of six months of experience as a Polysomnographic Trainee.
  • Successful completion of a Polysomnography program, of no less than one year duration, associated with a state licensed and/or a nationally accredited educational facility.
    • Or  Documented proficiency in all required Polysomnographic Trainee competencies.
  • Associates Degree in nursing, respiratory therapy EEG, or the equivalent preferred.
  • Certified in or ability to obtain certification in Basic Life Support (BLS).
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (up to 50 lbs), stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, push, reach, write, type, file, speak, hear, see (close vision, color vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus), calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
(In the performance of this job, the employee may be exposed to chemical vapors such as acetone, ether, or glutaraldehyde. There may also be skin contact with these substances. The employee may also be exposed to infections agents, including blood-borne pathogens.)
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