Polysomnography Tech

Location: Wenatchee, WA
Facility: Wenatchee Valley Hospital
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Night Shift
Hours: 1800-0700

Job Description

Position Summary:

  • A Polysomnographic Technician performs comprehensive polysomnographic testing and analysis under the supervision of the clinical director. Polysomnographic Technician performs and evaluates diagnostic and therapeutic sleep studies on patients referred to the Center. A Polysomnographic Technician can perform the duties defined for a Polysomnographic Trainee and can provide oversight of the trainee.
Essential Functions:
  • Essential Functions:
    • Review history, physical information, medications, procedure request, study protocol, and explain procedure and orient the patient to the sleep center to help ensure appropriate sleep study.
    • Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning.
    • Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
    • Observe calibration tracings to verify signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.
    • Perform appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals.
    • Follow procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, Positive Airway Pressure Titration (PAP), etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data.
    • Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.)
    • Participate in Polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.
    • Implement appropriate interventions (including therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.)
    • Document routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results.
    • Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.)
    • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
    • Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.
    • Equipment care and maintenance and inventory evaluation.
    • Respond to study participant’s sleep-related inquires by providing appropriate information.
    • Maintain current CPR certification.
    • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate Standards of Behavior and adhere to the Code of Conduct in all aspects of job performance at all times.
  • Required:
    • Successful completion of a polysomnography program, of no less than one year duration, associated with a state licensed and/or a nationally accredited educational facility. OR
    • Post secondary education in related health field and completion of Polysomnographic Technician I qualifications and competencies, and experience in positive airway pressure titration and oxygen administration as documented by competency assessment.
Additional Information

About Confluence Health: Confluence Health is an integrated, rural healthcare delivery system with two hospitals, multi-specialty care in 30+ service lines and primary care in 11 communities across north central Washington State. Our 270 physicians and 130 advanced practice clinicians serve an area of approximately 12,000 square miles and cover nearly every corner of this region through specialty outreach. Our Mission: We are dedicated to improving our patients' health by providing safe, high-quality care in a compassionate and cost effective manner. Our Setting and Lifestyle: We are located in the heart of Washington State and just 2.5 hours east of Seattle. Our region offers a diverse array of recreational opportunities in breathtaking landscapes, from alpine country to the high desert, orchards to vineyards, cross country skiing to fly fishing and everything in between. Cycling, mountain biking, rafting, hiking; it is all right here. The region also offers a family friendly environment with excellent schools and cultural and art activities for the entire family.