Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery is a surgical hospital treating more than 18,000 patients annually through our surgery, pain management and imaging services. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of the people in the communities we serve. We are committed to providing excellent service to our patients, and we believe excellence begins with our employees. Voted Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare and as one of The Best Companies to Work for in Texas, THCDS has an exciting opportunity to add to our family.
Performs various sleep disorder tests to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders including, but not limited to polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services and/or patient care and education. Prepares patients prior to initiation of the sleep study and monitors patients throughout, documenting observations, collecting data from various monitors and reporting this information to the physician. Responsible for patient safety protocols. Scores reports. Participates in performance improvement and continuous quality (CQI) activities. Competency will be maintained in accordance with criteria defined by the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST).
Responsible for the care and safety of patients undergoing testing and/or treatment and the use of equipment to minimize any hazards.
Knowledgeable of common sleep disorders and treatment options.
Knowledgeable of Sleep Center equipment, its function and purpose, including calibration; selects appropriate equipment to use for the study.
Explains procedures to patient before, during and after sleep study, to include pre-testing, testing and post-testing procedures.
Performs patient set-up: attaches electrodes and monitors to patient according to accepted standards.
Follows procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen titration, etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data. Monitors patient via video for any unusual sleep behaviors.
Performs polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free, making adjustments as necessary.
Knowledgeable of protocols for CPAP therapy.
Knowledgeable of protocols for oxygen therapy.
Scores sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines. Scores clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) according to center specific protocols. Generates accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.
Communicates clearly and concisely with the Sleep Center Manager, Sleep Center Medical Director and referring physicians.
Other duties as assigned