Polysomnographic Technician

  • Tower Health
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Feb 05, 2021

Job Description

Overview

About the Organization

Tower Health is a strong, regional, integrated healthcare provider/payer system that offers leading-edge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services to a population of 2.5 million people. Together, our seven hospitals and other entities provide a full range of medical care from prevention, screenings & education; to the latest clinical services and surgeries available; to rehabilitation. We also offer wellness programs & public health services that ensure our communities are the healthiest they can be. Our caring, highly trained physicians and staff are committed to patient safety and patient satisfaction.

With more than 11,000 team members, Tower Health includes Reading Hospital, a teaching hospital based in West Reading; Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville; Chestnut Hill Hospital, a teaching hospital in Philadelphia; Jennersville Hospital in West Grove; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown; and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. We also operate Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing & Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, & we have a comprehensive physician network.

Collaboration across Tower Health enables our hospitals, providers, leadership & staff to leverage best practices across the health system. Our hospitals have received national recognition for advanced care in areas such as neurosurgery and stroke, cardiac & vascular surgery, trauma, hematology & oncology. Reading HealthPlex, which opened at Reading Hospital in October 2016, combines state-of-the-art technology and world-class design to make the HealthPlex one of the most sophisticated surgical centers & inpatient facilities in the region.

At Tower Health, we have a rich history of providing high-quality, cost-effective care in the communities we serve. As the healthcare industry continues to change, one thing remains steadfast: Tower Health’s commitment to Advancing Health, Transforming Lives.

About St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, a partnership between Tower Health and Drexel University, is a 188-bed facility that provides exceptional care to children throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and surrounding counties.

St. Christopher's has more than 220 pediatric experts on staff, combining top-notch pediatric care with a wide array of pediatric specialties including Cardiology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Oncology, and Orthopedics. It houses the only Verified Pediatric Burn Center between New York City and Baltimore and is one of only three Level I Pediatric Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania. St. Christopher’s is a Magnet® designated hospital and was recognized as a Women’s Choice Award Best Children’s Hospital.

In addition to its main location in Philadelphia, the hospital has a growing network of primary and specialty care locations throughout the Philadelphia suburbs and New Jersey so your child's health conditions can be treated close to home.

Responsibilities

The Sleep Laboratory Technician will support to the Sleep Center for Children/EEG Lab in conjunction with the Medical Director and with the Clinical Director. Primary responsibility is to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders as well Neurodiagnostic tests. This may involve polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services or patient care and education disorders as well perform Neurodiagnostic tests . A Polysomnographic Technologist can perform the duties defined for a Polysomnographic Technician and may provide oversight of other staff.

Skills & Abilities:

The sleep technician must have the ability to operate peripheral computer equipment and make minor repairs when necessary.

GATHERS AND ANALYZES PATIENT INFORMATION

1. 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), and to determine final testing parameters/procedures in conjunction with the ordering physician or clinical director and laboratory protocols.

2. Complete and verify documentation.

3. Explain pre-testing, testing, and post-testing procedures to the patient.


TESTING PREPERATION PROCEDURES
1. Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments if necessary.

2. Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.

3. Perform appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustments if necessary.

4. Perform positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting

POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES

1. Follow procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen titration etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data.

2. Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.)

3. Perform Polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.

4. Document routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results.

5. Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.)

6. Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.)

7. 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 RECORD SCORING

1. Score sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.

2. Score clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals etc.) according to center specific protocols.

3. Generate accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.

Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

High School diploma or equivalent.

Graduate of a CAAHEP-Accredited Polysomnographic Technology Program.

Graduate of an accredited EEG, PSG or RT Technology Program

A-Step Certification Completed.

On the job training with 2 year experience.

Experience:

Two years’ experience preferred.

Required Licenses:

CPR and or BLS certification.

Completion of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's A-STEP Self-Study (online) Modules, or an equivalent educational program with their application to sit for the registry exam.