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A Polysomnographic Technologist II works under the general supervision of the medical director or designee to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This may involve polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services or patient care and education.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities of the Job
Gathers and Analyzes Patient Information: Reviews history, physical information, medications, procedure request, and study protocol. Completes and verifies documentation. Explains the procedure and orients the patient and family members to the sleep center.
Polysomnographic Procedures: Prepares and calibrates equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make 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.
Testing Preparation Procedures: Follows department procedural protocols for Routine polysomnography, PAP and oxygen titration, to ensure collection of appropriate data. Follows department procedural protocols for Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), Follows “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values. 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, ASV titrations, oxygen administration, etc.)
Polysomnographic Record Scoring: Assists with scoring sleep/wake stages by utilizing the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events. Assists with scoring clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) by utilizing the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events. Assists with the generation of accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
Responsible for working with daytime patients, Home Sleep Testing patients for instruction and education on sleep testing. Possible Travel to alternative Sleep testing site locations is required. This positon is 8 hour shifts Monday through Friday and can required working at our Long Beach, Los Alamitos or future locations as needed.
Coordinate follow up care with all patients that have sleep testing in the center, to ensure follow up study is coordinated if indicated, and status of overall patient sleep quality. This information shall be documented in patient chart.
The position will require detailed analytical skills and ability to coordinate care instructions to patient and referring doctor staff.
Works with front office staff, to answer clinical related questions and concerns from patients and physicians.