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The Registered Sleep Technologist reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.
- Completes all required paperwork before study is performed, including consent, relevant patient history, questionnaires, etc.
- Clarify unclear or inappropriate orders.
- Complete billing information upon completion of procedure.
- Independently prepare equipment for monitoring by performing necessary calibrations, selecting filter settings, determining appropriate monitoring montage, and entering required patient information.
- Provide CPAP training by utilizing appropriate patient education materials.
- Prepare patients for study by accurately placing recording devices required for procedure.
- Utilizes International 10-20 system for EEG electrode placement.
- Record study by entering appropriate notations and clinical observations into computer system and on technician worksheet.
- Identify abnormalities such as apneas, PLMs, and other sleep disturbances.
- Seeks assistance to adjust recording technique to best enhance and provide a clearly interpretable record.
- Recognize and respond appropriately to medical problems and physiological events, especially cardiac dysrhythmias, respiratory events and seizures.
- Recognize technically inadequate signals and initiate troubleshooting techniques.
- Obtain additional assistance as needed.
- Appropriately document barriers to resolution.
- Maintain monitoring equipment in clean and organized condition.
- Participate in departmental in-services and continuing education.
- Encourage teamwork through interdepartmental communication and constructive problem resolution.
- Provide training for new Sleep Technicians and student preceptors.
- Score sleep records according to department guidelines.
- Maintain registry in good standing by completing the necessary CEU requirements (10 CMEs or equivalent per year) as established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- Participate in storage and archiving of records.
- Participate in departmental in-services, monthly staff meetings, and continuing education.
- Monitor supply inventory and notify designated individual in case of shortage.
- Assist in report typing, distribution, filing, and record storage duties as needed.
- Provide consistent feedback and suggestions for improvement to Resource Coordinator and/or Manager.
- Provide written and/or verbal feedback to Resource Coordinator on Sleep Technician and/or student preceptors performance.
- Provides testing information, reassures and relaxes patients (as appropriate), and prepares patients for their procedure.
- Provides assistance to older adults as needed through assessment of impairments that affect testing procedures.
- Provides basic personal hygiene assistance to any patients as needed.
- Requires interaction with patients of all ages (pediatric, adult and geriatric).
- Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) or Registered Respiratory Care Technologist (RRT).
- Certified in basic cardiac life support (BCLS)
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Knowledge of the International 10-20 system of electrode placement.
- Familiarity with personal computers.
- A minimum of 12 months of prior sleep tech experience.
- Bachelor's degree or additional training in electroneurodiagnostics, anatomy, or successful completion of certification in allied health school.
- Prior sleep experience at a facility accredited by the AASM.
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