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Roles & Responsibilities:
The Sleep Technician performs all types of sleep
disorder testing, including set-up and performance of nocturnal polysomnograms
(PSGs) on all age groups. Must demonstrate working knowledge of polysomnography,
Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT), oximetry and administration of
supplemental O2, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP and/or BPAP)
studies, and the basics of Sleep Medicine, and recognizes cardiac arrhythmia.
Demonstrates organizational, computer, interpersonal and technical skills to
complete quality studies in a timely and accurate manner.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Gathers and Analyzes Patient Information
· Reviews history, physical information, medications, procedure request, and study protocol. Communicates with the Medical Director as necessary.
· Checks voice mail upon arrival to the lab.
· Completes and verifies documentation.
· Assists in explaining the procedure and orienting the patient to the sleep center.
· Attempts to locate no-shows and to fill unexpected openings using Stand-By Waiting List. Checks with Lab Supervisor and/or Medical Director if fewer than usual patients on the list.
2. Testing Preparation Procedures
· Prepares and calibrates equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments, if necessary.
· Applies electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards and protocol.
· Performs appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustments, if necessary
3. Polysomnographic Procedures
· Follows procedural protocols for diagnostic polysomnography (NPSG) Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), PAP and oxygen titration, etc. to ensure collection of appropriate data.
· Follows “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.)
· Performs polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.
· Documents routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other significant events in order to facilitates coring and interpretation of polysomnographic results
· Implements appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).
· Follows “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.)
· Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
· Recognizes sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
· Recognizes clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) as per professionally accepted guidelines.
4. Service Management and Professional Issues
· Complies with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues, and Rules of Ethics and Conduct Guidelines.
· Performs routine equipment care and maintenance and inventory evaluation.
· Maintains current CPR /BCLS certification.
· Demonstrates effective written and spoken communication skills.
· Demonstrates appropriate social skills.
· Demonstrates ability to follow direction
Responds to study participant’s
procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information
High school graduate/GED, with at least 6 months of experience as a polysomnographic technologist OR successful completion of a polysomnography program, of no less than one year duration, associated with a state licensed and/or a nationally accredited educational facility.
None if successfully completed a polysomnographic technician program and credentialing as a New York State Authorized Technologist and national sleep certificate, otherwise a minimum of 6 months experience and credentialing as a New York State Authorized Polysomnographic Technologist and national sleep certification.
New York State Authorized Polysomnographic Technologist and national sleep credentialing
Strength Through Diversity
The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity and inclusion is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize healthcare delivery together.
We work hard to recruit and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you have the opportunity and support to develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, have an impact on quality patient care.
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Who We Are
Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.
Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospitals, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.