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Working As A Polysomnograph Technician

  • $95,910

    Average Salary

What Does A Polysomnograph Technician Do At Ministry Health Care

* Demonstrates a working knowledge of a broad range of techniques to monitor sleep physiology.
* Coordinates patient schedules with technical personnel and available space effectively.
* Documents all patient activities during the recording process accurately.
* Performs and scores Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT).
* Performs equipment “trouble shooting” procedures.
* Understands and recognizes abnormal sleep events as recorded.
* Assures that department documentation and charges are current and accurate.
* Participates in extensive patient education on procedures and proper sleep hygiene.
* Performs data acquisition according to lab protocols.
* Scores records according to AASM approved scoring guidelines within the Sleep Disorders Center

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.
* All other duties as assigned.
* Contribute to Mission effectiveness by promoting the spirit embodied within the Mission Statement:Service to the Poor - support the cause of those who lack resources for a reasonable quality of life;Reverence - respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life;Integrity - inspiring trust through personal leadership;Wisdom - integrating excellence and stewardship;Creativity - courageous innovation;Dedication - affirming hope and joy in our ministry

What Does A Polysomnograph Technician Do At University of Utah Healthcare

* Collects, analyzes and integrates patient information in order to identify and meet patient-specific needs.
* Determines final testing parameters/procedures in conjunction with the ordering physician or laboratory protocol.
* Completes and verifies documentation.
* Explains pre-testing, testing and post-testing procedures to the patient.
* Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions.
* Scores sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
* Scores clinical events according to center specific protocols.
* Generates accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data

What Does A Polysomnograph Technician Do At Centennial Medical Center

* Administers Npsg s, CPAP s, BIPAP s,VPAP s, MSLT s, and MWT s to patient population Maintains compliance with federal, state and other governing bodies such as Joint Commission, and AASM to include licensure and certification data entry, working closely with vendor to ensure complete compliance.
* Maintains compliance intrscorere reliability Conducts periodic audits of patient records compliance with policies and procedures.
* Participates in developing department goals/objectives and employee engagement action planning.
* Recommends new approaches, policies and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of department and services performed.
* Completes data entry for assigned areas/tasks.
* Maintains data integrity
* Creates new positions and processes system changes with Lawson group.
* Maintains Sleep records and compiles reports from database, collects data.
* Develops methods and procedures for compiling and analyzing data for reports and special projects to meet customer needs.
* Participates in staff meetings and attends other meetings and seminars/professional development as requested by manager

What Does A Polysomnograph Technician Do At Mercy

* Responsibilities
* Calibrates PSG recording systems and oximeters, insuring equipment is operating appropriately prior to use.
* Appropriately documents instrument calibrations.
* Prepares patients effectively and efficiently for subsequent multi-parameter physiographic sleep monitoring.
* Insures electrode placements are correct and impedances are acceptable.
* Verifies technical adequacy of EEG, EMG, EOG, EKG, airflow, respiratory effort, O2 saturation, and other physiologic signals being recorded.
* Appropriately documents bio-calibrations.
* Identifies artifact and is effective at resolving source of artifact whenever possible.
* Documents steps taken to resolve such.
* Uses frequency filters appropriately and not excessively.
* Is aware of recent and past medical history of the patient, and of possible complications that might arise during the study.
* Appropriately reviews and applies directives for the Sleep Study.
* Has acquired operation knowledge of polysomnographic instrumentation.
* Correctly applies and adjusts instrument settings including sensitivity, HFF, TC/LFF, and recording speed.
* Correctly uses accessories, including strain gauges, thermistors, disc electrodes, O2 saturation sensors, snore sensors, etc.
* Reports and documents any equipment malfunctions, and discontinues use of such equipment until repairs are completed.
* Demonstrates knowledge of pathologic sleep disordered states, including specific information discernible by polysomnographic testing.
* Observes and records physiologic changes throughout the procedure, being alert to any events requiring intervention (ex: prolonged apnea that requires patient stimulation, etc.).
* Recognizes normal versus abnormal physiographic patterns recorded during the sleep study, and understands physiologic basis of abnormal pathology.
* Uses time well to perform on-line scoring.
* Appropriately identifies and tabulates events for possible qualifying patients for next morning CPAP setup or needed MSLT testing.
* Displays effective communication skills with our patients and visitors.
* Shows ability to put patients at ease, offers to help them achieve comfort and privacy, and provides clear and simple information.
* Shows good focus and effort on customer service at many levels.
* Understands and appropriately applies safety and infection control measures.
* Cleans and stores equipment and supplies after usage.
* Organizes patient rooms before and after Sleep Studies are performed.
* Maintains central monitoring room & equipment cleaning room in a clean and organized state.
* Performs special polysomnographic testing procedure of multiple sleep latency testing.
* Performs special polysomnographic testing procedure of MWT – maintenance of wakefulness test.
* Competently scores adult and pediatric (greater than 5 years of age) sleep studies using nationally standardized scoring techniques.
* Shows good efficiency in scoring multiple studies.
* Performs Sleep Clinic pre
* PSG patient acclimation tours.
* Provides appropriate education measures and documents such.
* Provides appropriate written PSG directives.
* Writes competent and thorough reports immediately following completion of test procedures.
* Assist lab operations to maintain JCAHO inspection readiness.
* Contributes to CQI and Customer Service Initiative projects whenever possible to do such.
* Interacts and communicates well with coworkers and other hospital staff.
* Is a good team player including exhibiting good teamwork to our patients and staff.
* Attends 50% of staff meetings.
* Contributes to departmental CQI and customer service initiatives when possible.
* Follows corporate compliance policies / procedures.
* Is knowledgeable of and adheres to HIPPA regulations.
* Wears proper personal protective equipment when appropriate.
* Observes universal
* precautions consistently.
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Polysomnograph Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

57.5%

Male

41.3%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.3%

Russian

6.9%

Arabic

6.9%

Swedish

3.4%

Czech

3.4%

German

3.4%

Lithuanian

3.4%

French

3.4%

Greek

3.4%

Slovak

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Tagalog

3.4%

Urdu

3.4%

Italian

3.4%
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Polysomnograph Technician Education

Schools

Grand Canyon University

11.0%

University of Phoenix

6.8%

Morehouse School of Medicine

5.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.5%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

5.5%

Midlands Technical College

5.5%

Greenville Technical College

5.5%

The Academy

5.5%

University of Houston

4.1%

Coahoma Community College

4.1%

Owens Community College

4.1%

Medical Career Institute

4.1%

Cuyahoga Community College

4.1%

Houston Community College

4.1%

Orange Coast College

4.1%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.1%

University of Utah

4.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.1%

Roane State Community College

4.1%

Colorado Technical University-Online

4.1%
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Majors

Medical Technician

15.7%

Nursing

11.1%

Business

10.7%

Health Care Administration

10.0%

Psychology

7.9%

General Studies

5.0%

Medical Assisting Services

4.6%

Biology

4.3%

Medicine

3.9%

Clinical Psychology

3.9%

Health Sciences And Services

3.6%

Management

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Education

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Nursing Assistants

2.1%

Computer Science

1.8%

Kinesiology

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Communication

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

28.4%

Bachelors

26.3%

Associate

19.5%

Masters

10.6%

Certificate

10.6%

Diploma

2.7%

Doctorate

1.9%
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Top Skills for A Polysomnograph Technician

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  1. Sleep Studies
  2. Polysomnographic Technologist
  3. Positive Airway Pressure
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  • Performed overnight sleep studies * Staged and analyzed sleep studies * Trained new technicians * Handled maintenance and calibration of equipment
  • 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.
  • Completed MSLT testing for the diagnosis of narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.

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