Polysomnography Tech - full-time

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Vidant Medical Center

Full Time

Regular

Summary

About Vidant Medical Center

Vidant Medical Center is a 900+ bed Level-1 Trauma Center, regional referral hospital and is the flagship hospital for Vidant Health. We serve as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Vidant Medical Center provides acute, intermediate, rehabilitation and outpatient services to more than 1.4 million people in 29 counties.  But it's in our work environment that you'll find our sense of family and closeness that permeates everything we do.

 Responsibilities

  • Reviews Patient Chart. Verifies medical order and protocol. Obtains vital signs and documents on clinic sheet/tech worksheet. Review chart for completeness to include Epworth Scale, questionnaire, current medications and allergies.
  • Uses International 10-20 system for placement of EEG electrodes to insure proper placement of electrodes for monitoring sleep stages. Performs machine and patient calibrations to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, ox hemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates) to insure proper placement of all monitoring devices. Urine collection for all MSLT and MWT patients. Provides necessary paperwork for urine drug screen. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide and geriatric patients. Assures a safe patient care environment at all times.
  • Performs routine Sleep Studies to include: Polysomnography, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP/BILEVEL) Titration, Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), Arterial Blood Gas Punctures (ABG's), Tracheotomy care, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Monitoring, and oxygen delivery per procedure protocols. Test done to aid physician in diagnosing and treating Sleep Disorders. Explains the procedure and orients the patient to the sleep center. Performs polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact free. Identifies and reports signal abnormalities.
  • Selects appropriate montage based on patient history/Physician order. Documents routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, cardiac arrhythmias other significant events, and correlate specific changes or abnormalities of one physiological parameter with specific conditions defined by another parameter or parameters in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of Polysomnography results. Begins with appropriate interventions including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention (such as PAP/BILEVEL, oxygen administration, etc.) Assures precordings. Scoring is the process of reviewing, analyzing, classifying, and tabulating sleep staging and clinical events from the polysomnogram according to published professional standards and guidelines. Recordings are staged in 30- second epochs. Clinical events include, but not limited to arousals; respiratory events; leg movements; cardiac arrhythmias; Oxygen saturation level; Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels; snoring.
  • Generates accurate reports for physician interpretation. Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions. Demonstrates the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy. Equipment malfunctioning and troubleshooting. Reports equipment malfunctions to appropriate personnel and replaces equipment when applicable. Uses troubleshooting techniques to insure artifact free data.
  • Performs other duties to include, but not limited to the following: Cleans and disinfects equipment. Stores data to CD.
  • Maintains adequate inventory of stock. Participants in lab in-services/education sessions. Provides public awareness education.Demonstrates effective communication skills and is supportive of leadership. Serves as preceptor to new employees, trainees, students, travelers, etc. Engages in continuous quality management activities to include the following: identify and analyze data essential to monitoring quality; develop policies, procedures and protocols which improve quality; formulate recommendations to improved patient outcomes and provider practice patterns; implement/ participate in continuous quality improvement processes when appropriate. Serves as Lead Technologist. 

 

Minimum Requirements

  • High School plus 2 years or more of formal training or education

  • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist by Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologist required. (RPSGT)

  • CPR Certification required.

Other Information

  • FULL-TIME

General Statement

It is the goal of Vidant Health and its entities to employ the most qualified individual who best matches the requirements for the vacant position.

Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of all pre-employment screenings, which may include an occupational health screening, criminal record check, education, reference, and licensure verification.

We value diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.   Decisions of employment are made based on business needs, job requirements and applicant’s qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other status protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint.

 

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