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Polysomnographic Technologist (Sleep Tech)

Job Order ID 3272
Country United States
Province/State Virginia

Employment Type Permanent
Posted Date 8/2/2019

Brief Description

Executive Alliance is recruiting for a permanent Sleep Technician for a client in Northern Virginia.

Title: Sleep Technician
Reports to: Sleep Lab Manager and Physicians

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Sleep technicians are primarily responsible for preparing equipment, gathering patient information, reviewing study protocols and providing explanations of procedures to patients of sleep studies. He or she must follow proper polysomnographic procedures, including applying electrodes and sensors, calibrating equipment and fitting the positive airways pressure mask.
Their duties also include testing preparation procedures, data acquisition and observation documentation - otherwise known as record scoring. Record scoring mainly involves the scoring of sleep/wake stages, certain clinical events (such as respiratory and cardiac episodes) and the tabulation of final data for further analysis.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· 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
· Explain the procedure
· 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.
· 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.).
· Perform data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free. Identify, correct and document artifact.
· 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 positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).
· 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.).
· 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.) utilizing AASM standards.
· Assist with the generation of 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.
· 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.
· Assist with scoring portable monitoring recordings according to AASM scoring parameters; identify artifact, inadequate signals and study failures and generate an accurate report.
QUALIFICATIONS/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.
· Maintain current CPR or BLS certification.
· 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.
· 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.
· Assist with patient education utilizing sleep center specific protocols.
· Adhere to sleep center policies related to quality assurance.


Requirement Note

REQUIRED EDUCATION:
Must have and maintain certification in basic cardiac life support (BCLS) and/or CPR as well as successful completion of a sleep technology program, associated with a state-licensed and/or a nationally accredited educational facility. Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)

· High school or equivalent
· VA Poly Tech License

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:
A minimum of 1 year experience is required for this position.



Contact Details:
Ruchi Virmani
ruchi@execsallied.com
(813) 973-2200 ext. 3004