The Lead Polysomnography Technician will utilize his/her sleep medicine skills and knowledge to provide direct patient care mainly in the sleep center. Duties may include Polysomnography, home sleep testing, patient set-up, follow-up, initiation of durable medical equipment, as well patient care, and education, etc. The Lead sleep technologist will perform all duties defined for a sleep technologist as well as provide oversight of other staff in the absence of the Sleep Supervisor. The position is in the Medicine Service-Sleep Center and is under the direct supervision of the Pulmonary Specialty Manager and the Pulmonary Sleep Supervisor. He/she will work collaboratively with the patient care team and will communicate, set priorities, and organize work for appropriate completion ensuring compliance with established processes, policies, and regulations within the section. The Lead MIT - Polysomnographer executes position responsibilities to demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to managing complex systems including but not limited to the following. Ability to perform polysomnographic procedural protocols including overnight sleep polysomnography studies, multiple sleep latency testing (MSLT), maintenance of wakefulness testing (MWT), positive airway pressure titration studies (PAP) including pre study preparation, identifying understanding basic anatomy and physiology and the international 10-20 electrode placement system, physiological calibrations, lights out & lights on procedure, scoring sleep/wake stages, data acquisition while monitoring tracing quality, documentation of routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other significant events, and adherence to AASM Scoring manual parameters for accurate reporting. Ability to implement appropriate therapeutic and patient safety interventions during sleep testing such as positive airway pressure titrating, oxygen administration,etc. Knowledge and understanding of home sleep apnea testing (HSAT) equipment and processes including patient education on use of devices, set-up of devices, data download of information, adherence to AASM scoring manual parameters for HSAT and accurate reporting. Ability to set up sleep apnea equipment including patient education, CPAP/BiPAP machine setup, data download, recommendations, and changes to therapy Knowledge and skill to collect and review relevant clinical information and use along with patient assessments to make recommendations regarding needed setting changes and patient compliance in addition to troubleshooting problems to improve compliance. Dirty equipment is cleaned per department and RME guidelines. All equipment, rooms, beds in the sleep center are cleaned as needed for the effective running of the department. Assist with the set-up and management of durable medical equipment (DME) with sleep techs. Assists in ordering sleep lab equipment. Ability to pull up workload for all set-up and follow-up individual and group clinics and works with the team to complete all work for the day or night. Schedules walk-in patients as needed in the appropriate clinic. Works proactively with supervisor and MSA to communicate needs about how clinics are set up, changes to enhance patient care, clinic cancellation for leave requests, etc. Documents all notes, postings, prosthetics requests, equipment tracking, procedures done the same day per department procedure. Project a positive, professional leadership attitude promoting the goals and values of the Medicine Service and the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. Promote a culture of excellence within the Sleep Section striving for the highest quality patient and family-centered care by embracing continued learning and growth within and outside of the department. Exemplify the behavior standards of the Medicine Service at the Robley Rex VA MedicalCenter He/she is responsible for planning and carrying out daily assignments, resolving most conflicts that arise, using initiative in interpreting policy in terms of established objectives, and coordinating with their team to assure all work is completed by the end of the tour. The incumbent will keep the supervisor informed of progress and any potential problems or concerns. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday. 730am to 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
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