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Career Information

Career Information

Career Opportunities:

St. Mary Medical Center offers many opportunities for experienced Polysomnographic Technologists holding the RPSGT credential. Individuals who have a current RPSGT Credential and are interested in exploring the many career opportunities available at St. Mary Medical Center should contact Courtney Burnett in the Human Resources Department at 215-710-2513.

Position Summary:

A Polysomnographic Technologist works under the general supervision of the clinical director (M.D., D.O., or PhD) or designee to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This may involve polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services or patient care and education. A Polysomnographic Technologist can perform the duties defined for a Polysomnographic Technician and may provide supervision of other staff.

Domains of Practice:

Gather and Analyze Patient Information

  • Collect, analyze and integrate patient information in order to identify and meet
    the patient-specific needs (Physical/mental limitations, current
    emotional/physiological status regarding the testing procedure, pertinent
    medical/social history), and to determine final testing parameters/procedures
    in conjunction with the ordering physician or clinical director and laboratory
  • Complete and verify documentation.
  • Explain pre-testing, testing, and post-testing procedures to the patient.

Testing Preparation Procedures

  • Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
  • Perform appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and
    make adjustments if necessary.
  • Perform positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting.

Polysomnographic Procedures

  • Follow procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT),
    Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen
    titration etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data.
  • Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values
    (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates,
  • Perform Polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing
    quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.
  • Document routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events,
    changes in procedure, and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and
    interpretation of polysomnographic results.

Polysomnographic Technologist 2

  • Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient
    safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive
    airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc).
  • Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and
    complete the data collection process (repeats the physiological and instrument
    calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age
    specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of neonatal,
    pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
  • Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic

Polysomnographic Record Scoring

  • Score sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
  • Score clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb
    movements, arousals etc.) according to center specific protocols.
  • Generate accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.

Service Management and Professional Issues

  • Perform routine and complex equipment care and maintenance.
  • Evaluate sleep study related equipment and inventory.
  • Maintain current CPR or BCLS certification.
  • Demonstrate effective written and spoken communication skills.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social skills.
  • Respond to study participant’s procedural-related inquiries by providing
    appropriate information.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy.
  • Comply with the BRPT Standards of Conduct.