Job Description

Job Title: Polysomnography Tech - Reg
Job ID: 688312
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Night with Rotation
Shift: Night Job
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: Inst for Sleep Med_SMC
Location: , Altoona PA


Full Time - Night with Rotation

This is a union (AFSCME) position

Posted:  5/2/2018


Works under medical supervision to perform and evaluate overnight and daytime studies. The sleep technician functions independently to safely operate computerized equipment to record sleep/wake physiology. Essential duties of the technician are application of recording devices to the patient, cleaning/sterilization of equipment and monitoring of polysimnograms. Sleep technicians must recognize sleep pathology when it occurs in the sleep lab and respond with the appropriate interventions to ensure patient safety.


  • Alters patient's environment, monitors and changes patient's body position as needed to obtain the required sleep/wake data.
  • Applies and titrates therapy based on physician order and established protocols
  • Applies appropriate EKG (heart), EMG (muscle), and EOG (eye movement) monitoring electrodes
  • Appropriately handles hazardous materials according to MSDS
  • Carefully wakes patients and records post test calibrations. Removes electrodes and transducers and assists patient with monitoring care as needed
  • Checks availability and function of emergency equipment
  • Complies with universal infection control procedures
  • Contacts ordering physician or ISM medical director to clarify unclear or inappropriate orders and to communicate information about the patient's status (only applicable for RN, RRT)
  • Demonstrates ability to use reasonable initiative and judgement in applying practice theories of sleep medicine
  • Demonstrates the ability to perform work in an accurate, productive, and timely manner. Maintains work area in a ready condition and is able to coordinate efforts to achieve maximum productivity and efficiency.
  • Ensures safety and welfare of all patients, including those pediatric, psychiatric, and geriatric with special needs and any other patients with special needs
  • Gathers information on Bedtime Questionnaire to assess patient's current medications, recent caffeine or alcohol ingestion, current sleep pattern and need for treatment intervention during testing i.e. insulin
  • Has knowledge or actually scores polysomnograms and is able to generate reports summarizing sleep/wake periods, REM episodes, arousal analysis, EEG phenomena, cardiac events, respiratory events, limb movements, and other physiological events according to current guidelines.
  • Implements and documents quality assurance activities to ensure optimum performance in all aspects of ISM
  • Is able to safely lift and move patient without harm to patient or self.
  • Knowledgeable of the organization and daily operations of the ISM.
  • Measures and applies appropriate EEG electrodes using International 10-20 system.
  • Performs physiological calibrations, verifies patient maneuvers, institutes lights out, records and monitors collection of patient data.
  • Places and securely attaches recording transducers to measure airflow, respiratory effort, oximetry and sometimes transcutaneous CO2.
  • Properly disinfects and sterilizes appropriate electrodes, transducers and equipment
  • Recognizes and records clinical and physiological events, notes and corrects equipment malfunctions.
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to patient's medical problems and physiological events, especially cardiac dysrhythmias, respiratory events and seizures
  • Reviews patient's record in light of protocols for studies ordered and recognizes main sleep/wake complaint
  • Sets up and calibrates monitoring equipment.
  • Technicians working daylight must be able to conduct and score Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT) using MSLT guidelines, is able to prepare report of MSLT including number and time of naps, overall mean sleep latency, and latency from sleep onset of REM for each nap.
  • Understands indications, contraindications and adverse effects of nasal continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure (NCPAP and bi-level ventilation) and oxygen administration


A graduate of an allied health field with 2 years experience in a sleep lab would be considered. Graduate of an approved polysomnography program preferred. Respiratory Therapy Assistant or CRT would be considered. Registered Polysomnography Technician (preferred) Registered Respiratory Therapist (preferred)

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist or Respiratory Care Practitioner

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $0 to $17.06

Union Position: Yes

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