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A Polysomnographic Technologist works under the general supervision of the clinical Director (M.D., D.O., or PhD) or designee to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This may involve polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services or patient care and education. A Polysomnographic Technologist can perform the duties defined for a Polysomnographic Technician and may provide supervision of other staff.
Gather and Analyze Patient Information
Collect, analyze and integrate patient information in order to identify and meet the patient-specific needs (Physical/mental limitations, current emotional/physiological status regarding the testing procedure, pertinent medical/social history), and to determine final testing parameters/procedures in conjunction with the ordering physician or clinical director and laboratory protocols
Complete and verify documentation
Explain pre-testing, testing, and post-testing procedures to the patient
Testing Preparation Procedures
Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments if necessary
Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards
Perform appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustments if necessary
Follow procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen titration etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data
Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, Oxy-hemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.)
Perform Polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary
Document routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results
Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc)
Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.)
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients
Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions
Polysomnographic Record Scoring
Score sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines
Score clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals etc.) according to center specific protocols
Generate accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data
Service Management and Professional Issues
Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues
Perform routine and complex equipment care and maintenance
Evaluate sleep study related equipment and inventory
Maintain current CPR or BCLS certification
Demonstrate effective written and spoken communication skills
Demonstrate appropriate social skills
Demonstrate computer skills appropriate for the position
Demonstrate customer service skills
Demonstrate critical thinking and ability to work with minimal supervision
Demonstrate teamwork skills
Follow HIPPA policies to maintain the privacy and security of patient information
Respond to study participant’s procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information
Demonstrate the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy
Comply with the ABSM Standards of Conduct
You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.
Successful completion of an accredited educational program leading to an associate degree with an emphasis in polysomnography OR 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 equivalent experience and documented proficiency at all competencies required of a Polysomnographic Technician
Certification by the American Board of Sleep Medicine as a Registered Sleep Technologist (RST) or equivalent
1+ years as a Sleep Technologist
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington Residents Only: The hourly range for California, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island or Washington residents is $22.45 to $43.89 per hour. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you’ll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.
At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We believe everyone–of every race, gender, sexuality, age, location and income–deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health which are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups and those with lower incomes. We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and enabling and delivering equitable care that addresses health disparities and improves health outcomes — an enterprise priority reflected in our mission.
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: OptumCare is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
OptumCare is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.