Under general supervision and medical direction, the polysomnography technologist II utilizes standard polysomnography practice to provide objective evaluation and documentation of sleep related disorders.
Essential Job Outcomes & Functions 1. Demonstrate respect for patient’s rights to personal dignity and their cultural, psychosocial and spiritual values. Promotes the medical centers vision and value statements by performing all duties with respect to the hospitals responsibilities under the law.
2. Perform and document assessment of patients’ testing needs through data collection and analysis, collection of pertinent history and physical examination. Makes decisions about testing based on assessment and develops plans for testing utilizing polysomnography protocols and procedures.
3. Provide and document diagnostic measurements to meet goals for diagnostic evaluation; working within the scope of practice for polysomnographic technician; following established medical center policies, procedures, and protocols. Monitors outcomes of testing and modifies plan for care when indicated. Scores and prepares final report for physician interpretation according to guidelines and rules in the AASM Manual for Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events.
4. Provide patients and their families with education related to prescribed diagnostic tests, disease, healthy life-style and self-care. Documents education.
5. Effectively communicate with other health team members in areas of care with regard to patients plan for testing and evaluation, and make recommendations for alternative test options. Gives concise report to next shift regarding patient outcomes or problems incurred during the day/night. Coordinate evaluation with other members of the health care team to achieve desired goals and outcomes.
6. Participate in efforts to improve the performance of the Sleep Disorders Center and organization. Provides manager and other clinical leaders with information on issues that pertain to patient safety, opportunities to improve outcomes in test procedures, and improvements in systems and processes.
7. Apply knowledge of policies and procedures designed to provide a cost conscious, safe, functional, and effective environment for patients, staff, and other individuals in the hospital. Follow policies for safety, fire, hazardous materials, infection control, and medical devices.
8. Assists less experienced technologists with difficult cases, whenever necessary.
9. Assumes responsibility for maintaining and renewing Polysomnography certifications, continuing education, basic life support certification, and required in house education.
10. Serves as a preceptor and role model for new personnel and students in training.
11. Performs all other related duties as assigned or requested.
Minimum Requirements / Work Experience
Current certification for Basic Life support (BLS)
Successfully completes hospital, department and unit-based orientation
Attains 10 hours per year in continuing education related to Polysomnography testing and Sleep Related Disorders.
Education / Licensure / Certification
One to two years’ experience in the field of polysomnography
Graduate of an accredited program in Polysomnography Technology, preferred