Polysomnography program graduates will be able to:
Sleep Study Preparation and Set-up Procedures
- Review the patient’s history and verify the medical order. Follow sleep center protocols
related to the sleep study. When patient arrives, verifies identification, collects
documents and obtains consent for the study.
- Explain the procedure and orients the patient for either in center or Home Sleep Apnea
- Provide age appropriate patient education. Select appropriate equipment and calibrate
for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments, if necessary. Apply
electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards. Perform routine
positive airway pressure (PAP) interface fitting and desensitization.
- Follow procedural protocols (such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance
of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP and oxygen titration, etc.) to
ensure collection of appropriate data. Perform appropriate physiological calibrations
to ensure proper signals and make required adjustments. Follow “lights out” procedures
to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation,
respiratory and heart rates, etc.). Perform data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing
quality to ensure signals are artifact-free. Identify, correct and document artifact.
- 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. Implement appropriate interventions (including actions
necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as positive airway
pressure, oxygen administration, etc.). Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity
of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeat the physiological
and instrument calibrations and instruct the patient on completing questionnaires,
checking for completeness, etc.).
- 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.) utilizing AASM standards. Assist with the generation of
accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
- 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, as required. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary
to perform HSAT equipment preparation and data download.Perform patient education
and instruction appropriate for HSAT procedures. Demonstrate adherence to cleaning
and disinfection procedures for HSAT devices. Assist with scoring HSAT recordings
according to AASM scoring parameters; identify artifact, inadequate signals and study
failures and generate an accurate report.
Service Management and Essential Skills
- Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety
and infection control issues. Perform routine equipment care and maintenance and inventory
evaluation. Maintain current CPR or BLS certification. Demonstrate computer skills
appropriate for the position.
- Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrate appropriate
social skills. Demonstrate customer service skills. Demonstrate critical thinking
and ability to work with minimal supervision. Demonstrate teamwork skills.
- Follow HIPAA policies to maintain the privacy and security of patient information.
Demonstrate ability to follow direction. Respond to sleep patients’ procedural-related
inquiries by providing appropriate information. Assist with patient education utilizing
sleep center specific protocols. Adhere to sleep center policies related to quality
Program Contact Information
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