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Working As A Sleep Technician

  • $40,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Sleep Technician Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* Ensures patients are set up for sleep studies by directly applying or overseeing the application of recording devices to the patient in accordance with department standards and procedures.
* Records/monitors polysomnogram and/or electroencephalograms.
* Responds with appropriate interventions to ensure patient safety.
* Identifies normal and abnormal cardio-respiratory, neurological, and sleep physiology; recognizes and reports pathology that requires treatment.
* Administers oxygen and nasal continuous positive airway pressure and employs ventilator assist devices in accordance with established protocols.
* Performs special procedures such as multiple sleep latency testing and patient education, EEG recording to include wake and sleep, nasopharyngeal, bedside, isolation, and electro-cerebral inactivity evaluations.
* Scores data and generates reports that accurately and concisely summarize the patient’s sleep / wake stages, respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movement, arousal analysis, and other clinical events; sends to the physician for interpretation.
* Performs maintenance and minor repair of laboratory equipment and reports needs for major repairs.
* Cleans/sanitizes equipment.
* Adheres to and exhibits our Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.
* Qualifications

What Does A Sleep Technician Do At Surgery Care Affiliates

* Review patient request form orders and protocols for study.
* Review pertinent information in patient chart.
* Communicate with ordering physician to clarify unclear orders and update physician (per protocol) of patient status in a clear, concise manner.
* Administer appropriate questionnaires to patients, give tours, and explain procedures for evening.
* Calibrate sleep systems and other equipment (CPAP, oximeters, etc.), as well as troubleshooting any problem areas during calibrations.
* Select and change montages on sleep systems, as appropriate.
* Interview patient to assess current medications, recent caffeine or alcohol ingestion, current sleep pattern, need for treatment intervention during testing, or need to discontinue medication for testing purposes.
* Enter all necessary information in the logbook and the patient’s EMR.
* Measure and apply EEG electrodes according to the international 10
* system.
* Place and securely attach electrodes for EOG, EMG, and EKG.
* Place and securely attach recording devices to measure airflow, respiratory effort, snores, and oximetry.
* Perform physiological calibrations and make appropriate equipment adjustments.
* Tasks during NPSG:
* Monitor the PSG and document significant clinical and physiological events.
* Recognize equipment malfunctions and troubleshoot, as necessary.
* Recognize physiological vs. mechanical artifact and troubleshoot each with as little disruption to the rest, as possible.
* Document all activities in correct manner according to protocol including: Medication administration and reason for order, NCPAP/O2 titration changes and why, hourly annotations for SaO2 sleep stages-snore level-breathing impairment
* EKG stability/dysthythmias interaction with patient, patient position/activity observations, intervention, troubleshooting changes, and physician notification.
* Score polysomnograms according to the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associates Events: Rules, Terminology, and Technical Specifications.
* Tasks following NPSG:
* Remove electrodes and clean/calibrate all equipment according to protocols.
* Interview patient about NPSG results, administer appropriate questionnaires, arrange information for review, and review pertinent information with daytime staff, as needed.
* Set up patient with PAP equipment and accessories and educate patient on home use.
* Complete all necessary paperwork for the set-up.
* Generate physician interpretation letters within EMR.
* Begin the upload of patient studies to the server if the head technician is not on duty.
* Send all reports and requested information to the interpreting physician.
* Ensure that the correct billing was completed.
* Change linens and make beds at the end of the shift.
* Patient and Equipment Safety:
* Clean and disinfect equipment according to protocol.
* Recognize emergency situations related to EKG, cataplexy, seizure, respiratory events, etc.
* Respond to emergency events in the correct manner according to CPR training and protocol.
* Comply with Universal Infection Control Precautions.
* Ensure safety and welfare of all patients, including those pediatric and psychiatric patients with special needs.
* Monitor medication flow.
* Supervisory Tasks:
* Monitors patient’s NPSG as well as progress, making necessary corrections according to protocol and procedures.
* Instruct, aid, appease, comfort, and monitor patients, as needed.
* Inform management and interpreting physician of pertinent events during previous NPSGs (records or events demanding immediate attention), monitors and updates records management.
* Perform all necessary tasks to keep laboratory compliant with AASM standards.
* Maintain all health information in accord with HIPAA.
* Maintain 10 CME hours per year.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Sleep Technician Do At UPMC

* Service Management and Essential Skills
* Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.
* Perform routine equipment care and maintenance and inventory evaluation.
* Demonstrate computer skills appropriate for the position.
* Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
* Demonstrate appropriate social skills.
* Demonstrate customer service skills.
* Demonstrate critical thinking and ability to work with minimal supervision.
* Demonstrate teamwork skills.
* Service Management and Essential Skills
* Follow HIPAA policies to maintain the privacy and security of patient information.
* Demonstrate ability to follow direction.
* Respond to sleep patients' procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information.
* Provide patient education utilizing sleep center specific protocols.
* Adhere to sleep center policies related to quality assurance.
* Evaluate sleep study related equipment and inventory.
* Review and evaluate sleep studies and provide feedback to staff.
* Demonstrate the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy.
* Comply with professional standards of conduct.
* Sleep Study Preparation and Set-up
* 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).
* Determine final testing parameters/procedures in conjunction with the ordering physician or clinical director and laboratory protocols.
* Review the patient's history and verify the medical order.
* Follow sleep center protocols related to the sleep study.
* When patient arrives, verify identification, collect documents and obtain consent for the study.
* Sleep Study Preparation and Set-up continued:
* Explain the procedure and orient the patient for either in center or out of center sleep testing.
* Select appropriate equipment and calibrate for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments, if necessary.
* Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
* Perform routine positive airway pressure (PAP) interface fitting and desensitization.
* Assist with research projects as requested.
* Sleep Study Procedures
* Follow procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP and oxygen titration, etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data.
* Perform appropriate physiological calibrations to ensure proper signals and make required adjustments.
* Follow 'lights out' procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.).
* Sleep Study Procedures continued:
* Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to perform portable monitoring equipment preparation and data download.
* Perform patient education and instruction appropriate for out of center sleep testing.
* Demonstrate adherence to cleaning and disinfection procedures for portable monitoring devices.
* Demonstrate adherence to AASM scoring parameters for OCST; identify artifact, inadequate signals and study failures and generate an accurate report
* Sleep Study Procedures continued:
* Follow 'lights on' procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeat the physiological and instrument calibrations and instruct the patient on completing questionnaires, checking for completeness, etc.).
* 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.
* Generate accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
* 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

What Does A Sleep Technician Do At Munson Healthcare

* Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare.
* Promotes personal and patient safety.
* Has basic understanding of Relationship
* Based Care (RBC) principles, meets expectations outlined in Commitment To My Co-workers, and supports RBC unit action plans.
* Uses effective customer service/interpersonal skills at all times.
* ALL TECHNICAL STAFF MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING: · Must function as a member of the team, assisting other technologists in completing studies and patient care when needed.
* Must be willing to assist in both training and continuing education of fellow staff members when requested.
* Must be willing to request assistance if unfamiliar or difficult situations are encountered. · Must be familiar with and adhere to all MSDC and Munson Healthcare policies, procedures and protocols.
* Must comply with all applicable laws and regulations. · Must keep calm and act promptly in an intelligent and constructive manner during a crisis situation.
* Must complete assessment and intervention in patient care equipment or other problems. · Must be able to prepare patient and assess date required for proper patient testing including: · Review existing information in patient record. · Examine orders and protocols for study. · Recognize chief complaint. · Communicates with ordering physician, manager or lead technologist to clarify unclear or inappropriate orders and communicate information about the patient's status. · Able to set-up and calibrate all monitoring equipment. · Measure and apply appropriately · EEG electrodes using international 10
* system. · EKG, EMG, and EOG monitoring electrodes. · Place and securely attach recording transducers to measure air flow, respiratory effort, oximetry and any other device ordered. · Perform physiological calibrations, verify patient maneuvers, and record. · Institute "lights out" and complete the following: · Monitor the polysomnogram and chart patient data. · Recognizes and record clinical and physiological events. · Notes and corrects equipment malfunctions, eliminates artifact. · Alter patient's environment to obtain the required sleep/wake data. · Observe and assist the patient throughout the recording time. · Carefully wake patient and record posttest physiological calibrations. · Remove electrodes, transducers and other medical equipment and assist patient with hygiene as necessary.
* Assist patient with discharge paperwork and instructions. · Score the polysomnogram and generate reports summarizing sleep/wake period, REM episodes, arousal analysis, EEG phenomena, cardiac events, respiratory events, limb movements, and other physiological events according to current AASM guidelines noted in adults, children and infants. · Recognize and respond appropriately to patient's medical problems and physiological events, especially cardiac dysrhythmias, respiratory events, and seizures. · Insures safety and welfare of all patients, including those pediatric and psychiatric patients with special needs. · Check availability and function of emergency equipment. · Understand indication, contraindications, and adverse effects of nasal CPAP, oxygen administration and BIPAP. · Apply PAP therapy and preform titrations based upon both physician orders and established protocols. · Arrange for home medical equipment care after patient selects their provider. · Educates and provides patient follow-up and support. · Conduct/ score and complete reports using AASM approved guidelines on all daytime testing including but not limited to: · Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) · Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) · PAP
* Nap test · Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT) · Pulse Oximetry Test · AutoPAP set-up, adjustments and downloads · Schedule patient studies as assigned. · Maintain accurate records and documentation and file according to protocol. · Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
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What Does A Sleep Technician Do At Wellspan Health

* 1 Schedules, performs and evaluates the technical validity of overnight sleep studies, nocturnal pulse oximetry, and other related studies
* Sets up and applies polysomnographic monitoring devices, ensuring patient safety and accurate test results
* Provides summary analysis/reports of all polysomnographic studies for physician review
* Instructs patient in the home use of therapeutic devices.
* About WellSpan:
* WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.
* The organization is comprised of a multi-specialty medical group of more than 850 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and 160 patient care locations.
* The region's only accredited Level 1 Trauma Center and Primary Stroke Center with an endovascular neurosurgery program.
* WellSpan is consistently recognized by IMS Health as one of the Top 100 Integrated Health Networks in the United States and has been recognized by Health Imaging and IT as one of the nation's "Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities." IMS Health is the leading provider of information services and technology for the healthcare industry.
* The Community:
* WellSpan Health facilities are located in multiple counties across south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, all offering an ideal living environment to match the quality of work-life balance you’re seeking.
* The area offers abundant outdoor and cultural activities, including restaurants, theatre, golf courses, hiking trails, water sports and historic tours.
* Additionally, our communities are a short drive from several, large metropolitan areas including the Baltimore/DC metro area and Philadelphia.
* Required Skills
* Registered Sleep Technologist
* Job Location
* Dover, Pennsylvania, United States
* Position Type
* PRN
* Schedule
* On Call as Needed
* Additional Scheduling Info
* N/A
* Additional Requirements
* PA Act73 – Child Abuse Clearance Required

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Sleep Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

62.2%

Male

36.0%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

4.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Portuguese

7.5%

French

7.5%

Swedish

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Amharic

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Hindi

2.5%

Tagalog

2.5%

Malayalam

2.5%

Korean

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Armenian

2.5%
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Sleep Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.2%

Liberty University

8.9%

Ashford University

7.8%

Lamar University

6.7%

Morehouse School of Medicine

5.6%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

5.6%

The Academy

4.4%

Saint Louis Community College

4.4%

Utah Valley University

4.4%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.4%

Midlands Technical College

4.4%

Youngstown State University

4.4%

Central Georgia Technical College

3.3%

East Tennessee State University

3.3%

Central Ohio Technical College

3.3%

Independence University

3.3%

Howard Community College

3.3%

Massasoit Community College

3.3%

El Paso Community College

3.3%

Daytona State College

3.3%
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Majors

Medical Technician

21.8%

Business

11.3%

Nursing

9.7%

Medical Assisting Services

8.6%

Psychology

6.2%

Health Care Administration

5.7%

Biology

4.3%

Education

4.3%

General Studies

4.1%

Nursing Assistants

4.1%

Health Sciences And Services

4.1%

Medicine

2.9%

Management

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Communication

1.6%

Computer Science

1.4%

Military Applied Sciences

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Clinical Psychology

1.4%

Social Work

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

31.4%

Bachelors

26.3%

Associate

20.7%

Masters

8.7%

Certificate

7.5%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

1.1%
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  1. Sleep Studies
  2. Procedures
  3. PSG
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  • Performed overnight sleep studies on two patients each night and attend to all their needs.
  • Determine final testing parameters/procedures in conjunction with the ordering physician or clinical director and laboratory protocols.
  • Perform PSG testing, scoring, therapeutic interventions, set up HST studies, performed PAP Naps and duties as assigned.
  • Worked under general supervision of a clinical director, provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders.
  • Performed full EEG hookups, monitoring and routine evaluations on patients (epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, etc.)

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