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The polysomnographic technologist, under the direction of the manager and the Medical Director, prepares the pediatric patient, conducts overnight physiologic studies-polysomnograms(PSG), collects vital signs and other pertinent information to ensure proper interpretation by the physician/polysomnographer in accordance with established policies and procedures as assigned. Maintains vigilience in a non-stimulating environment and knows when to consult the supervisor physician regarding the patients status. Attention to detail is critical since the quality of data from the PSG is solely the responsibility of the technologist.
High school graduate. Previous education in allied health or life science is helpful in assimilating normal and abnormal physiology, as well as in working with the sophisticated equipment used during the polysomnogram. . Become A Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) following 2 years of clinical experience at the pediatric sleep center.
A minimum of two (2) years in Health Care related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience if not a RPSGT. Training in the Pediatric Sleep Center may be a possibility. Minimum one (1) year health care experience that includes neonates, young infants, toddlers and special needs children preferred.
Obtain RPSGT credential within 2 years.
Has the ability to understand normal cardiorespiratory, neurologic, and sleep/wake physiology. Measures and applies appropriate EEG electrodes, applies appropriate EKG, EMG and EOG monitoring electrodes and places and securely attaches recording transducers to measure airflow, respiratory effort, oximetry and capnography and perform physiological calibration as well as machine calibrations. Prepares the child in an age appropriate manner by explaining all procedures involved in setting up the polysomnogram. Initiates and titrates CPAP/BiPAP therapy based on physician's order and established protocols.
Overnight as well as flexible shifts
CPR required. RPSGT, RST, RRT or PSGT preferred.Pediatric experience preferred. Minimum 2 years health care experience or equivalent education and experience if not a RPSGT, RST, RRT or PSGT.