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The night shift Polysomnographic (PSG) Technologist performs and scores polysomnographic recordings working 3 nights per week 7:00 PM to 7:30 AM at two locations, the OHSU Sleep Disorders Laboratory at the Residence Inn, and the Sleep Lab Tanasbourne. The PSG Technologist works with both pediatric and adult populations, ensuring all aspects related to high quality data acquisition, review and scoring are accomplished. Typical staffing is 2:1 (two patients to one technologist).
The PSG Technologist performs routine and specialized procedures related to Sleep Disorders including, but not limited to: a) Nocturnal Polysomnography (PSG), b) Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), c) Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), d) Home Apnea Testing, e) PAP-NAPs and f) Ambulatory studies. PSG Technologists possess exceptional technical skills regarding all diagnostic, therapeutic and ancillary equipment; are able to make independent clinical decisions, recognize sleep pathologies and respond with appropriate interventions (i.e. CPAP, Bilevel, and Oxygen); and can clearly communicate with the patient and educate them about their testing and care.
Technologists maintain a high standard of documentation for all interactions and observations during the sleep study. Clear and thorough documentation within the PSG acquisition software, study templates and in Epic according to departmental and OHSU standards is expected. Techs are responsible for monitoring the quality of collected raw data as an integral part of departmental quality improvement standards.
PSG Technologists are responsible to completely score a minimum of one of their acquired sleep studies during their shift and make it available for physician review prior to the end of their scheduled shift.
Technologists must be able to meet departmental standards for inter-reliability scoring and ensure PSG recordings are scored within a timely manner in accordance with performance standards. PSG Technologists are responsible for maintaining the patient tracking spreadsheet, monitoring data archival and overall data management, and are able to troubleshoot basic computer problems and any problems related to the equipment used for study acquisition as they arise.
The Polysomnographic Technologist is expected to provide supportive training, oversight and accountability for new technicians, interns and trainees. Able to perform other duties deemed appropriate by Program Administration, Neurology Sleep Program/Clinic Managers and Medical Directors.
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This is a night shift schedule, with shift lengths of 12.5-hours from 7:00 pm to 7:30 am, with occasional requests to cover other shifts depending on staffing needs. The Sleep Disorders Program provides age appropriate care to the indicated age groups: Toddlers (1-4yrs), Preschoolers (4-6yrs), School Age (6-12yrs), Adult (18-65yrs) and Geriatric (65 + yrs).
The Sleep Disorders Program is a multi-disciplinary program staffed by faculty physicians, residents and fellows that provides clinical and laboratory services for pediatric and adult populations. Sleep Laboratory has two locations off campus. Shifts will be distributed by these two locations. The sleep laboratory operates 7 nights per week, from 7:00 PM to 7:30 AM and polysomnographic testing is conducted at two locations: Residence Inn (Downtown Portland, 6 rooms), and Sleep Lab Tanasbourne (Tanasbourne, 5 rooms).
In the performance of this job, the employee may be exposed to chemical vapors (i.e. alcohol preps, sani- master, bleach, etc) There may also be skin contact with these substances. The employee may also be exposed to infectious agents including blood-borne pathogens.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; use hands and fingers to feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit and stoop, kneel crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus. The employee may need to assist patients of all demographics in and out of bed and assist ambulating to the restroom throughout the sleep study.