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Polysomnographic Technician Job

Job Number: RIH17461

Job Title: Per Diem-Polysomnographic Technician-Sleep Disorder Center

Department: Sleep Disorder Center - 1013181

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI

The level of knowledge normally obtained through completion of an Associates Degree in Respiratory Care, Biology, Health Sciences or the successful completion of a Polysomnographic certification program or the equivalent. Registration preferred.

Thorough understanding and competent application of PC-driven digital polysomnography protocols (including RIP and flow volume loops). Expertise in the understanding and application of pulmonary flow volume loops for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

Personal Computer skills required.

Basic knowledge of electronics and electrical safety.

Knowledge of and ability to perform polysomnographic testing procedures, including ability to maintain equipment and instruct others in proper testing.

Knowledge of sleep staging and analytical ability to interpret and prepare written summary of results for further evaluation by physician.

Interpersonal skills to explain procedures, to give instructions and to calm patient effectively in order to ensure a natural sleep process.

Mechanical aptitude and ability to operate, calibrate, set up and perform minor repairs and adjustments on equipment.

Ability to monitor closely, recognize and assess changes in a patient’s condition for signs of respiratory distress or arrest.

Ability to initiate and administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Ability to assist in moving or positioning patients.

Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care patients with consideration of aging processes, human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.


Six months previous experience as a polysomnographic technician, respiratory care technician or similar Allied Health experience involved in patient care.

Under the general supervision of the Medical Director or his designee, and Lead Technologist, and in accordance with established policies and procedures, performs clinical testing on patients to determine presence of obstructive sleep apnea episodes. Sets up and calibrates testing equipment; prepares patient; conducts polysomnographic tests; monitors patient condition; reviews, scores, interprets and prepares written summary of results. Sets up and operates videotaping equipment.