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• Reviews existing patient medical information, verifies physician orders prior to data collection, & implements lab protocols & procedures. Demonstrates knowledge regarding common sleep disorders. Demonstrates knowledge of & ability to perform standard testing procedures. Performs lab computer equipment calibrations correctly & in a timely manner. Demonstrates knowledge of the theory & operation of polygraphs. Demonstrates knowledgeable regarding the theory & operation of ancillary devices. Utilizes sleep clinic montages in an appropriate manner. Demonstrates the ability to troubleshoot technical problems in an effective & timely manner.
• Distributes ambulatory equipment. instructs patients regarding hook-up procedure & testing process for overnight testing. Accurately & securely applies electrodes & sensors to patient, using universal standards, & according to clinic policy & procedures. Accurately & safety inserts Pes according to clinic policy & procedures. Appropriately fits patient for nasal mask during titration tests.
• Performs data acquisition & collection procedures according to established protocols & procedures. Correctly recognizes & eliminates artifact during data collection to meet quality standards. Provides medications to patients per physician orders & according to policy & procedures. Appropriately responds to patient care needs. Performs CPAP & Bi-level titrations according to Sleep Clinic policy & procedures. Provides comprehensive tech notes, & log sheets during polysomnograhic testing rocedures. Generates a comprehensive technologist report to reflect testing procedures, patient testing outcomes, & environmental influences. Conducts urine screen according to policy & procedure.
• Follows Infection Prevention policies & procedures. Practices universal precautions. Reports unsafe condition, immediately. Follows guidelines for emergency response during sleep recordings and/or testing procedures. Demonstrates knowledge of the emergency resuscitation procedure. Appropriately reprocesses packages & prepares supplies, according to Sleep Clinic policy & procedures for supply processing.
• Seeks resources for direction, when necessary. Adjusts communication to match special age-specific needs. Adjusts practice /selects equipment to accommodate age-specific needs. Demonstrates acceptance of patient & family regardless of race, gender, disease process, life-style, sexual orientation, religious or cultural beliefs. Responds w/ patient & nonpatient emergencies according to policies & procedures. Assists in conducting educational in-services to patients relating to procedure & equipment. Demonstrates ability to provide patient follow-up care & information in an efficient & timely manner. Maintains patient privacy.
• Manages information utilizing appropriate manual or electronic systems. Demonstrates knowledge & proficiency w/ file management system. Maintains confidentiality. Documents clinical information accurately & completely & within specified time. Adequately displays attention to detail in the laboratory environment. Demonstrates the ability to analyze data in a methodical, detail oriented, organized & timely manner. Maintains an expected competency rate of one & half hours per file for data analysis. Reviews consults & books appts.
- Two (2) years of experience as a Medical Assistant or other equivalent related health care experience.
- Twelve (12) to Eighteen (18) months of experience in the field of Polysomnography required.
- High School Diploma/GED required.
- Graduation from a polysomnographic educational program approved by the Medical Board of California required.
- To become registered: Must have graduated from a polysomnographic educational program approved by the Board.
License, Certification, Registration
- Current BLS issued by the American Heart Association required.
- Current Registered Polysomnographic Technician (RPSGT) Certification required.
- Current registration as a polysomnographic technologist by the Medical Board of California is required.
- Medical Assistant Certificate or other related Health Care experience.
- Must have passed a national certifying examination approved by the Board, specifically the examination given by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
- Must have a valid, current credentials as a polysomnographic technologist issued by a national accrediting agency approved by the Board, specifically the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. Note: Until 10/22/12, a polysomnographic technologist applicant may satisfy the requirements above by submitting proof that he or she has been practicing polysomnography safely for at least five (5) years.
- Demonstrated proven knowledge and competency in all aspects of Polysomnographic testing and procedures.
- Computer proficiency and attention to detail required.
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills required.
- Ability to work independently and accomplish a multitude of tasks within a team structure.
- Ability to communicate effectively with all hospital staff, physicians, and the general public.
- Some college preferred.
- Aptitude in utilizing standard laboratory equipment preferred.