Assesses patients, clients and families and recognizes normal parameters, deviations and abnormalities in physical, emotional, developmental and behavioral status using a family centered approach to care, plans and prioritizes care to meet patient, client and family needs.
Act as a patient advocate and strive to better meet the needs of, and to support, patients and/or families.
Understand and apply appropriate policies and procedures for work flow, testing, and/or methodology. Perform dedicated duties on a timely basis. Recognize and/or troubleshoot significant findings. Appropriately document work as necessary.
Prepares and calibrates equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and makes adjustments, if necessary, including applying electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards, and performing appropriate physiologic calibrations (when age and cognitive function appropriate) ensuring proper signals and making adjustments, if necessary. Follows procedural protocols (such as PAP titration, oxygen titration, research protocols, sleep study scoring and analysis of data, etc.) ensuring collection and analysis of appropriate data. Implements appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic interventions, such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.) Cleans and sterilizes all equipment after each sleep study as per infection control procedures. Ensures work area is clean and presentable at end of shift.
Demonstrates compliance with established practices in documentation. Documents routine observations, changes in procedure and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnography results. Provides thorough documentation during data collection based on direct observation of the patient through real time comments and narrative notes. Follows procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, end tidal carbon dioxide values, respiratory and heart rates, etc.).
Participate in improving professional practice standards and process improvement projects. Continuously evaluates the outcomes of patient care and identifies own professional practice needs. Serves as a preceptor for novice/beginner technicians.
·Communication - advanced
Excellent verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills.
Capable of relating to diverse age and demographic backgrounds.
·Analysis - basic
Ability to analyze data to make judgments and recommendations.
·Clinical knowledge and ability
Professional knowledge and clinical ability sufficient to provide quality care.
·Physical stamina - high
Excellent physical stamina sufficient to perform frequent bending, heavy lifting (up to 50 - 80 lbs.), extensive standing and/or walking.
Allocating resources and materials to accomplish work goals; procuring and overseeing the use of necessary technology, equipment, supplies, facilities, and materials.
·Systems - intermediate
Proficient in systems/software/hardware relevant to the field.