Position Summary: We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Sleep Technologist I.
In this role, the successful candidate Under general supervision of the Director will show expertise in performing all aspects of Polysomnography for both clinical and research patients. Should be able to manage and monitor protocol documentation. Interface with the GCRC and various researchers. Prepare quarterly reports on protocol activity. Monitor and order all lab supplies and perform other duties as assigned. This position requires good judgment and a professional manner and appearance should characterize this technologist in his/her interactions with all patients. Technologist will score studies, train assistant sleep technologists in laboratory procedures and general laboratory practices as well as emergency procedures and other duties as defined in the laboratory manual
Performs other duties as assigned.
Service Management and Professional Issues - Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues. Perform routine equipment care and maintenance and inventory evaluation. Maintain current CPR or BCLS certification. Demonstrate effective written and spoken communication skills. Demonstrate appropriate social skills. Demonstrate ability to follow direction. Respond to study participants procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information.
Polysomnographic Record Scoring - Assist with scoring sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines. Assist with scoring clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) with center specific protocols. Assist with the generation of accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
Polysomnographic Procedures - Follow lights on procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.). 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.
Polysomnographic Procedures - Document routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other 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 administration, etc.).
Polysomnographic 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. Follow lights out procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.). Perform polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.
Testing Preparation Procedures - Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments, if necessary. Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards. Perform appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustments, if necessary. Perform routine positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting.
Gather and Analyze Patient Information - Review history, physical information, medications, procedure request, and study protocol. Complete and verify documentation. Explain the procedure and orient the patient to the sleep center.
Minimum Qualifications: To qualify you must have a (1) NYS OP License and current registration as a Polysomnographic Technologist., OR, (2) NYS OP License and current registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapy competent to perform Polysomnographic Technology services. 2 years experience in Polysomnography or a related field
Preferred Qualifications: None
Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
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