Sleep Lab Tech
- - Sleep Lab
- Sidney, OH, USA
- Full Time
Performs the evaluation, treatment, assessment of treatment effectiveness, and the care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with sleep-related respiratory disturbances. Is performed and under the supervision of the Sleep Center Medical Director.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Assists in meeting the physical and emotional needs of the patient. The patient population would include:
The pediatric patient
The adolescent patient
The young-middle aged adult patient, and
The geriatric patient.
Reviews medical information and sleep study orders to determine completeness of required documentation and become familiar with potential study requirements/parameters.
Collects data from the patient by observation and interview to verify background information and identify patient-specific needs during testing (such as physical/mental limitations, current emotional/psychological status, pertinent medical/social history, spouse/family member, etc.)
Analyzes and integrate collected information in order to perform an appropriate sleep study, meet patient's special requirements and determine final testing procedures.
Explains pre-testing, testing and post-testing procedures to the patient. Explain all polysomnographic procedures and home sleep tests in terms appropriate for the patient's age and mental or cognitive status. Formulates a patient teaching plan based on identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning.
Prepares and calibrates equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning.
Observes calibration tracings to verify signals are artifact-free and make any necessary adjustments. Performs appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals.
Follows procedural protocols (PSG, MSLT, MWT, CPAP titrations, etc.) to ensure collection of appropriate data.
Implements appropriate interventions (including therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, supplemental oxygen, etc., and actions necessary to assure patient safety and well being.).
Performs polysomnographic record scoring by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
Provides and assists in orientating new employees and students as appropriate.
Performs emergency and acute respiratory care procedures in accordance with the department's policies and within the Registered Polysomnographic Technician's (RPSGT) and/or Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP's) scope of practice.
Actively participates in departmental quality assurance and hospital-wide organizational performance improvement activities.
Maintains clinical and professional competency based upon established standards of practice. Completes annual educational requirements, attends departmental meetings and inservices and complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.
Is aware of and functions within the scope of hospital policies and procedures, disaster/fire manual, and infection control manual. Maintains patient confidentiality.
Performs additional duties as assigned within a RPSGT's and/or RCP's scope of practice and responsibility.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Successful completion of an accredited education program leading to a certificate or associate degree with an emphasis in sleep technology OR successful completion of a sleep technology program associated with a state licensed and/or a nationally accredited education facility or equivalent experience and documented proficiency for all competencies required of a sleep technician AND certification by a nationally recognized certification board and holds either the Registered Sleep Technologist(RST), Registered Polysomnographic Technologist(RPSGT) , or Sleep Disorders Specialist(SDS) credential.
Current BLS certification and successful completion of Rhythm Analysis Training.
The therapist must be able to work well with others and be able to establish a good rapport with patients. He/she must be able to communicate well with physicians and co-workers. This requires proficiency in medical terminology.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
The therapist/technician must understand the operating principles of equipment, interface techniques, the aims of therapy, proper techniques of patient application, cleaning and sterilization techniques and maintenance of the equipment, and all safety aspects related to the equipment, gases, procedures, techniques, and patient care. In addition, he/she should understand the basic clinical situation of each patient, assess the patient's response to therapy, and recommend modifications to the prescribed therapy as appropriate.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
The therapist/technician must be competent using equipment such as pressure gauges, flowmeters, regulators, gas systems, simple oxygen analyzers, oxygen masks and cannulas, and humidifiers.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical and work environment demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
VISUAL AND AUDITORY DEMANDS:
All employees must possess adequate vision and hearing to safely perform their job functions. Employees involved in direct patient care must particularly have the hearing abilities to communicate with patients, to easily hear auditory alarms in order to assure patient safety. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.