Neuro Sciences - Baystate Health
Category(s): Allied Health Clinical Professional, Neuro Sciences
Full Time / Part Time: Full-Time
A Polysomnographic Trainee develops competency in and performs the basics of polysomnographic testing and associated interventions under direct supervision of the Neurosciences Program Manager, a Polysomnographic Technician, Technologists and the Medical Director.
1) Gather and Analyze Patient Information Verify the medical order and protocol. Complete and verify documentation. Explain the procedure and orient the patient to the sleep center.
2) Testing Preparation Procedures Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning. Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards. Perform appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals. Perform routine positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask fitting. Maintain integrity of VEEG recordings throughout the night as necessary.
3) Polysomnographic Procedures Follow procedural protocols (such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), CPAP and 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, etc.). Perform polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free. Identify and report signal abnormalities. Document routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results. Assist with appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).
4) Polysomnographic Procedures-con’t Follow “lights out” 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 neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. Demonstrate basic troubleshooting skills.
5) Polysomnographic Record Scoring Assist with scoring sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines. Assist with scoring clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) with center specific protocols. Assist with the generation of accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
6) Service Management and Professional Issues Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues. Participate in equipment care and maintenance. Maintain current CPR. Demonstrate effective written and spoken communication skills. Demonstrate appropriate social skills. Demonstrate ability to follow direction.
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