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Polysomnographic Technician - Pediatrics Job

Job Number: RIH18379

Job Title: Polysomnographic Technician Pediatric PD

Department: Pediatric Sleep Lab - 1012469

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI


The Polysomnographic Technician Pediatric reports to the Medical Director or his designee. In accordance with established policies and procedures, performs clinical testing on pediatric 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.

BASIC KNOWLEDGE:

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 (i.e. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHP). Registration required.

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.

EXPERIENCE:

Eighteen months previous experience as a polysomnographic technician including six months of pediatric experience.

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.