The Medical Instrument Technician (polysomnography) is an evening/night shift position. Staff at this level, operate and monitor electroencephalographic and polysomnography equipment to perform specialized examinations and studies involving neurological, epilepsy and seizure testing, monitoring of neuro-electrical activity, on outpatients and inpatients to include acutely ill as well as ambulatory patients. The incumbent simultaneously acquires and analyzes tracings to identify abnormalities and suspicious activity that requires medical intervention. Staff will demonstrate the ability to recognize normal versus abnormalities, to repeat certain procedures, when to stop test procedures, and when to get the immediate attention of a physician. They evaluate test results to determine appropriate machine adjustments and use alternative techniques and procedures when established procedures do not accomplish acceptable results. This includes adapting equipment and accessories to yield the best results during the examination. The individual edits and selects appropriate sample portions of the tracing for further interpretation by the physician. This position maintains knowledge base to make recommendations and prepare detailed reports on findings. The incumbent will order, issue and educate patients on any/all PAP equipment prescribed by a physician to patients according to Sleep Lab policy and procedures. The incumbent is responsible for rendering Sleep Disorders Center services ordered by and in collaboration with the physician on all tours of duty with minimal or no direct supervision. A Sleep Technician works under the Supervisor or designee to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This may involve polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services or patient care and education. The incumbent participates in complex decision making processes related to the Sleep Disorders Center at many levels, including but not limited to, patient observation, examination, education, equipment preparation and use, data collection and analysis, and the evaluation of the need to commence, modify, or terminate services, The incumbent is responsible to work with the Medical Director to assure the provision of quality care in the Sleep Laboratory. The incumbent is responsible to work with the Medical Director and supervisor on issues related to the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and to assist with the CPAP compliance monitoring program, and facilitates the training and continuing education of other Sleep Center staff and Respiratory students. The incumbent works under the supervision of the Supervisory, Sleep/ EEG Lab. Additional guidance is provided by the Chief of Pulmonary Care, Sleep Lab Director, Specialty Care. Work Schedule: Evening and night shift (Friday 7:30p-7:30a, Saturday 5:30p-7:30a, Sunday 5:30p-7:30a) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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