Polysomnographic Technician

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.


Participates in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.

Receives and reviews requests for polysomnographic testing. Prepares laboratory and obtains supplies to accommodate number of patients scheduled for testing.

Sets up and calibrates testing and treatment equipment according to established procedures including; PC-driven digital polygraph blood oxygen saturation oximeter capnograph Respiratory Inductive Plethysmography (RIP) Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)/Bi-Level airway management equipment and videotaping equipment.

Explains procedure to patient and family members present to allow patient to enter natural sleep.

Places and attaches electrodes to patient�s scalp face chest and abdomen to standard placement locations; externally attaches ear clip; and depending on physician request attaches face mask or inserts nasal probe. Visually checks electrode placement for accuracy to prevent false readings. Positions videotaping equipment to film chest and abdominal breathing pattern accurately.

Operates PC-driven digital polysomnograph for the purposes of recording patient�s stages of sleep (8-10 hours); obtain real-time analysis of obstructive sleep apnea to ascertain the severity of obstructive sleep apnea initiate protocol-driven treatment with continuous positive airway pressure or bi-level positive airway treatment using Respiratory Inductive Plethysmography (RIP) and flow volume loops.

Reviews output making adjustments as necessary to produce tracings of multiple variables including electroencephalogram electro-oculogram sub-mental electromyogram heart rate nasal and oral airflow respiratory effort end-tidal PCO2 and oxygen saturation.

Monitors patient�s progress remaining alert for extended apneic episodes distress and signs of respiratory arrest. Alerts physician and/or code team as necessary and initiates cardiopulmonary resuscitation if indicated.

Reviews scores and interprets final tracing by identifying sleep stages as determined by following pre-set criteria: number of apneas and hypopneas per hour and per sleep stage; number of arousals; and presence and severity of hypoximia and arrhythmias. Summarizes and prepares written report of results for additional evaluation by physician.

Maintains inventory of supplies and equipment. Performs routine cleaning and maintenance and makes minor adjustments and repairs; makes arrangements for major repair as necessary. Participates in evaluation of and provides input into recommendations for purchase of new or additional supplies and equipment.

Participates in sleep-related clinical research studies providing assistance in similar testing and interpretation activities as well as with computer-assisted analysis of results.

Maintains quality assurance safety environmental and infection control in accordance with established hospital department policies procedures and objectives.


Other information:

Registered Polysomnographic Technician.

Ability to perform polysomnographic testing procedures including use of PC-driven digital polysomnography protocols including RIP and flow volume loops.

Knowledge of sleep staging and expertise with pulmonary flow volume loops.

Computer skills analytical and writing skills and basic knowledge of electronics and electrical safety.

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

Current CPR certification.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to sit 1-3 hours stand/walk 3-7 hours per day with infrequent twisting/bending and be able to lift 10-35 lbs with good body mechanics.

Must be able to use both hands and perform work with slight deviation infrequent repetitions and frequent fine motor skills.

Near/far vision must be very accurate at 20/40 with moderate depth perception and ability to discriminate between red-green and blue-violet.

Must be able to hear whisper at eight feet.


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: Newport Hospital USA:RI:Newport


Work Type: Per Diem


Shift: 4


Union: Non-Union

Work Schedule:  Variable shifts assignments primarily on dayshift with weekend and Holiday rotation