A Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) / Pool works under the general supervision of the Sleep Lab Manager, Lab Supervisor and Lead Technologist to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders as well as ability to score sleep studies. This may involve polysomnography for diagnostic and therapeutic services for patient care, and education. A Registered Polysomnographic Technologist / Pool can perform the duties defined for a Polysomnographic Technician and may provide oversight and training of other staff.
- Performs duties necessary for patient arrival, orientation, completion of paperwork by patient and staff, education and testing, including mask fitting.
- Oversees and / or performs difficult or unusual procedures and treatment interventions. Analyze complex situations and resolve problems according to policy.
- Oversees and instructs other technologists in the lab as assigned or deemed necessary.
- Applies electrodes and sensors according to accepted laboratory standards, ensuring signals are free of artifact. Use filters, gain and sensitivity adjustments to maintain signal integrity and quality.
- Utilizes appropriate physiological and patient calibrations.
- Follows established lab procedures and protocols for appropriate baseline and treatment data acquisition or analysis.
- Ensures complete and accurate documentation for calibrations, routine observations and significant information in order to facilitate scoring and the generation of accurate reports for physician interpretation.
- Implements appropriate interventions for patient safety, medical emergency, and treatment.
- Identifies accurately or scores wake / sleep stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines, and clinical events as per center specific protocols.
- Follows Sleep Center guidelines established for scoring and report criteria, including specific data, research indicators, examples, and technical comments, while insuring accuracy of sleep and patient information.
- Is responsible for data back-up and archiving, documentation of record storage location, printing and delivering report to appropriate sleep physician, and EDM.
- Must be able to communicate effectively and professionally with physicians.
- Prepares and calibrates equipment required for testing and analysis, making needed adjustments for proper functioning. Performs routine equipment care, cleaning, maintenance and inventory evaluation.
- Reports to work as scheduled, following institutional and lab procedures for attendance, time off, coverage needs, and time reporting.
- In addition to the 10 AMA PRA Category 1 CME or CEC sleep related continuing education annual requirement, attends and completes all required or mandatory training classes, meetings, and forms in a timely fashion.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.
- Performs, as directed, safety compliance and uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as needed.
- Participates in Quality Assessment (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) programs, as directed.
- Ensures compliance with The Joint Commission and all other Federal, State and Regulatory Agencies.
- Responds promptly and sincerely to customer’s needs, requests and concerns via all communication forms using easily understood language and refraining from using inappropriate language and non-verbal gestures.
- Maintains positive working relationships as a team player through problem solving issues, speaking positively about others, listening attentively and observing the Patient Bill of Rights and Confidentiality.
- Increases customer service knowledge, skill and ability by participating in department and institution-wide specific programs.
- Incorporates National Jewish’s identity (Science Transforming Life®) into daily functions. Speaks positively about the institution, provides customers with prompt service, maintains a clean and safe working environment, dresses appropriately based upon National Jewish safety standards, and departmental policies and wears an ID badge visibly.
Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of basic human anatomy and physiology. Proven interpersonal, communication, and
organizational skills. Good command of the English language, both written and verbal.
Associates Degree in sciences or healthcare, or equivalent required.
Certification and Licensure
Certification by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) or equivalent required. CPR/BLS required.
A minimum of eighteen (18) months in a recent field of sleep medicine with proficiency in all competencies required of a Polysomnographic Technologist.
- or - Any equivalent combination of Education and/or Experience
Position is in a clinical environment. Frequent requirements may include: reading and comprehending medical literature, including basic interpretation of disease processes, medical charts, and instructions. Communication includes ability to chart vital signs and other basic information. Communication with interdisciplinary team as well as with differing ages and levels of maturity/understanding of patient and family, taking and recording telephone messages. Manual dexterity, manipulating equipment such as blood pressure kit, oximeter, spirometer. Frequently, has the need to assist a patient by moving or lifting. Considerable physical demands, requiring lifting up to 25 pounds Also involves pushing wheelchairs, opening doors and cabinets, reaching for objects. Occasionally will need to crawl in order to retrieve a fallen object for a patient. Occasional requirements may include: sitting while completing paperwork, kneeling, and squatting. Incumbent may be scheduled to work an alternate schedule to accommodate essential business needs routine travel by foot or automobile to alternate work/meeting locations, possibly during inclement weather.
Inside environmental conditions may include: The potential of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens. Has frequent exposure to infectious diseases. Occasionally, may encounter radiation from portable radiology procedures. May come into contact with various fumes/odors. Also may encounter contaminated biological waste from infectious patients. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to each employee when needed as determined by policy. Utilization of PPE is mandatory. Estimated 1700 employees in the worksite.