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Working As A Polysomnograph Technician

  • $41,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Polysomnograph Technician Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Properly assess the patients sleeping habits and chief complaints through interview process.
* Demonstrate ability to correctly apply all patient monitoring devices (EEG electrodes, EKG, EMG, EOG, airflow, respiratory effort, and oximetry) and record physiologic calibrations.
* Institute lights out and monitor the polysomnogram throughout the study recognizing all clinical and physiologic events.
* Initiate and correctly tirate CPAP if indicated.
* Correctly score the polysomnographic tracings and record all pertinent information in report form.
* Possess knowledge of and the ability to correctly perform and record all aspects of the MSLT procedure.
* Recognize cardiac rhythm abnormalities and notify appropriate personnel according to established protocols.
* Complete documentation and reporting of all procedures.
* Maintain accurate patient records pertaining to sleep studies and assist as needed in scheduling patients.
* Perform other related duties as directed that correspond to the overall function of this position

What Does A Polysomnograph Technician Do At Exeter Hospital

* Explain pre testing, testing and post testing procedures to the patient in addition to gathering all appropriate paperwork.
* Accurately documents all pertinent information into the system (such as height, weight, medications).
* Follow procedural protocols (such as MSLT, 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, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rate, etc.).
* Follow "light 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.).
* Perform data acquisition while monitoring study tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact free.
* Identify, correct and document artifact.
* Document routine observations including but not limited to 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, etc.).
* Performs and documents routine PAP interface fitting and desentization.
* Score sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
* Score clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) utilizing AASM standards.
* Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to assist patients with troubleshooting portable sleep test equipment and overnight oximetry equipment.
* Demonstrate adherence to cleaning and disinfection procedures for all equipment within the sleep lab; performs other duties as

What Does A Polysomnograph Technician Do At Ascension Health

* Prepares patient and equipment for ordered testing.
* Interviews patient to determine sleep disorder issues and to explain testing procedures.
* Performs and documents testing.
* Monitors patient throughout testing and intervenes as necessary to resolve patient needs or equipment issues.
* Scores, interprets and reports results of sleep studies.
* Prepares, calibrates, repairs and maintains equipment required for testing.
* Determines and reports needed repairs/replacements.
* Performs polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free.
* Makes adjustments if necessary.
* Documents routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results.
* Scores sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
* Scores clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals etc.) according to center specific protocols.
* Assists in direction and implementation of clinical and research protocols.
* Implements appropriate interventions including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure and oxygen administration.
* Applies electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
* Assists with difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions.
* Generates accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
* Maintains adequate inventory of lab supplies.
* Participates in continuous quality Improvement programs.
* Assists in the development and implementation of in-service education and makes recommendations for continuing education.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* May be required to be "on-call

What Does A Polysomnograph Technician Do At Florida Hospital

* Demonstrates through behavior Florida Hospital’s Core Values of Integrity, Compassion, Balance, Excellence, Stewardship and Teamwork as outlined in the organization’s Performance Excellence Program
* Patient Care Responsibilities Performs quality sleep recordings by collecting, analyzing, and integrating pertinent patient history information, properly preparing the patient according to age, conducting the examination, and preparing the recording for the physician interpretation.
* Implements appropriate interventions, including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and/or bi-level positive airway pressure (PAP) and Oxygen administration.
* Informs the nursing supervisor and/or the physician of changes in the patient’s condition or abnormalities on the recording, when necessary.
* Maintains supplies and equipment for patient care and maintains an orderly and efficient system for storage and retrieval of patient information.
* Provides patient education according to established guidelines.
* Quality Assurance Accurately documents, posts, and charges for procedures to ensure quality standards set by the department and hospital.
* Actively supports and participates in department and hospital quality improvement initiatives as directed.
* Participates on process or performance improvement team and proactively initiates process improvement ideas.
* Maintains quality of recording scores within established guidelines.
* Safety and the Environment of Care Adheres to hospital infection control and safety standards

What Does A Polysomnograph Technician Do At Highmark Health

* Performs all polysomnograms and MSLTs according to clinical practice guidelines, as well as departmental policy and procedures.
* May score test results. (70%)
* Maintains proper calibration, quality control and analysis of all polysomnographic equipment. (10%)
* Organizes and prioritizes workload and scheduling of patient testing in an efficient and effective manner. (10%)
* Assists with billing documentation and maintains department records according to departmental policy/procedure. (10%)
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

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Top Skills for A Polysomnograph Technician

SleepStudiesPolysomnographicTechnologistPositiveAirwayPressurePSGOxygenAdministrationMsltCpap/BipapEEGSleepDisordersLaboratoryProtocolsPatientCareMWTObstructiveSleepApneaEKGPatientInformationASVAasmEMGSleep/WakeStagesO2

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Top Polysomnograph Technician Skills

  1. Sleep Studies
  2. Polysomnographic Technologist
  3. Positive Airway Pressure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Apply sensors to patients and perform sleep studies.
  • Served as an Examiner for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists 1994-1998
  • Fit patient for interface to be used with Positive Airway Pressure devices.
  • Perform PSG's on pediatric and adolescent patients in the sleep laboratory as well as in various hospital units.
  • Administer PSG, CPAP, BIPAP ASV, AVAPS, and oxygen administration.

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