The Sleep Technician is responsible for performing all neurophysiologic studies performed in the scope of laboratory services. This includes the preparation of laboratory facilities and equipment, preparation of patients for recording data acquisition, and all clinical and research tests performed in the laboratory (these tests include the NPSG, CPAP Titration, MSLT, MWT and other montages). The Sleep Technician is responsible for the accuracy and integrity of data collected in the laboratory.
REQUIRED EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
A B.A. or B.S. degree or relevant experience is preferred. This position requires at least 6 months of experience in a sleep disorders center or laboratory. The employee must exhibit proficiency in polysomnographic testing, and must be able to conduct the essential technical components of sleep laboratory studies (including NPSG, MSLT, CPAP/BiPAP titration, research protocols). Related duties include venipuncture, EKG, vital signs, neurological safety assessments and psychometric assessments. Certification in basic cardiopulmonary life support is required, and periodic recertification is mandatory. The Sleep Technician must be able to interact well with patients and must be able to work independently.
The following description covers the most significant duties performed, but does not exclude other work assignments.
- Performs NPSG, MSLT and other laboratory tests attending to all aspects of laboratory and patient preparation, data acquisition, and data archiving under supervision. Obtains video and audio recordings of patients that meet laboratory standards under supervision. Performs specialized procedures, including CPAP/BiPAP titration and O2administration, as indicated by physician’s orders under supervision.
- Reviews patient’s chart/montage card prior to the sleep study and determines appropriate study procedure. Ensures that proper forms are completed by the patient and entered into the patient’s medical record (e.g. consent forms, pre/post sleep questionnaires). Enters appropriate technical notes and other documentation in the medical record under supervision.
- Prepares patient prior to the beginning of the sleep study making accommodations that are appropriate to the physical and mental status of the patient.
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