Polysomnographic Technologist I -60072
- Location: Morgantown, WV
- Posted: Jul 17, 2019
Utilizes a variety of specialized technical skills in order to perform sleep studies without direct supervision. Prepares patients for and conducts both routine and specialized sleep studies. Must meet competency standards within 3 months of hire date. Competency requirements include both adult and pediatric patients. Provides the physicians of the Sleep Evaluation Center with the technical data necessary to achieve a diagnosis. Assists in the technical training of house-staff and technician trainees.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
Graduate of a CAAHEP/CoArc accredited Polysom program OR Graduate of a Respiratory Therapy program OR Have
a healthcare credential OR 1 year experience as a Polysom Tech
Obtain certification in Basic Life Support within 30 days of hire date.
Must obtain designated registry within 18 months of hire as a Polysom Tech to retain employment.
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and duties. Other duties may be assigned.
Coordinates and prioritizes scheduling of both inpatient and outpatient procedures while ensuring proper document flow and storage according to established departmental guidelines.
Assures the completion of all patient testing procedures within established time frames, as observed by supervision.
Documents procedure performed in the patient chart within established guidelines, as observed by supervision.
Files and completes necessary departmental documentation in an accurate and timely fashion so as to provide necessary historical data, as monitored by supervision.
Submits accurate and timely patient charges, as monitored by supervision.
Obtains necessary information from the clinical record, requisition, or by directly questioning the patient in order to enable the technologist to be aware of any special circumstances involved and to achieve a quality study so as to facilitate the completion of a final report, as monitored by supervision.
Performs sleep studies in accordance with the policy and procedure guidelines of the Sleep Evaluation Center, at the bedside and in critical care areas of the hospital.
Performs sleep studies, without direct supervision, in accordance with policy and procedure guidelines and infection control standards 100% of the time, without infraction, as monitored by supervision.
Assures the accurate recording of the electrical impulses of the neurological system by:
Exercising a thorough knowledge of the impulses being recorded
Demonstrating proper set-up for the designated test(s)
Detecting and eliminating artifact Selecting electrode combinations based on the type of study performed
Describing normal and abnormal clinical manifestations observed during the procedure
Utilizing a variety of activating procedures
Interacting with each patient on an individual basis so as to obtain the best cooperative effort possible in accordance with policy and procedure guidelines, as monitored by supervision
Prepare initial data for use by the physician in the formulation of sleep reports according to established departmental guidelines as monitored by supervision.
Informs the patient and family regarding the nature and significance of the procedure to be performed, as observed by supervision.
Accurately observes, records, and reports all patient concerns, symptoms, reactions in a timely manner, as monitored by supervision.
Demonstrates the knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possesses the ability to assess data reflective of the patients status and interprets the appropriate information needed to identify each patients requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed as described in the department policies and procedures.
Maintains orderliness and cleanliness of the equipment, procedure rooms, and work areas of the Sleep Evaluation Center.
Assists in maintaining a daily stock of clean linen and necessary supplies for the patient testing rooms of the Sleep Evaluation Center, as monitored by supervision.
Participates in the cleaning and maintenance of all equipment, detecting instrument malfunctions, making minor adjustments, and reporting the need for any repairs in accordance with policy and procedure guidelines as monitored by supervision.
Cleans and prepares necessary items for the proper sterilization techniques strictly adhering to policy and procedure guidelines and infection control standards 100% of the time as monitored by supervision.
Participates in educational and inservice opportunities continuously working towards increasing the professional level of patient care rendered and acquiring a better understanding of the services and functions of the Sleep Evaluation Center.
Reviews educational materials on hand on a self-paced basis and meeting other standards of academic performance determined by the department, as monitored by supervision.
Communicates with co-workers and staff to answer any questions as they arise, as monitored by supervision.
Attends educational inservices and workshops on topics related to the services of the Sleep Evaluation Center providing information upon their return so as to share the knowledge gained with other related personnel, as observed by supervision.
Maintains Continuing Education (CEU) requirements as determined by the department, as monitored by supervision.
Assists physicians with related research activities.
Performs study or assists with the performance of the research activity as per specific protocol guidelines maintaining proper documentation, as monitored by supervision.
Assists in providing inservices regarding the principles of sleep procedures and equipment operation to members of the professional medical community.
Assists in the instruction and hands-on technical training of trainees, house-staff, and medical staff from both within the institution and from the outside professional medical community providing inservices on the principles of sleep procedures and equipment operation.
Provides information to other healthcare workers and the general public, as monitored by supervision.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to lift, push, or pull minimum of 40 pounds.
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
The flexibility to work during unscheduled hours.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Performs sleep studies in accordance with policy and procedure guidelines in the Sleep Evaluation Center, at the bedside and in critical care areas of the hospital.
SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Good verbal and written skills
Ability to communicate appropriately with physicians, staff, and patients.
Date Reviewed/Revised: August 2017
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