Job Description

Job Title: Polysomnography Tech - Reg
Job ID: 02159919
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Night from 8:30 pm until 7:00 am
Shift: Night Job
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: Inst for Sleep Med_SMC
Location: 1414 9th Avenue, Altoona PA 16602



Full Time - Nights 8:30 p.m. to 7:00 am various days


This is a union (AFSCME) position


Posted: 10/8/19

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.



  • Is able to safely lift and move patient without harm to patient or self.
  • 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.
  • Reviews patient's record in light of protocols for studies ordered and recognizes main sleep/wake complaint
  • 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)
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to patient's medical problems and physiological events, especially cardiac dysrhythmias, respiratory events and seizures
  • Ensures safety and welfare of all patients, including those pediatric, psychiatric, and geriatric with special needs and any other patients with special needs
  • 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.
  • Carefully wakes patients and records post test calibrations. Removes electrodes and transducers and assists patient with monitoring care as needed
  • Knowledgeable of the organization and daily operations of the ISM.
  • Checks availability and function of emergency equipment
  • Implements and documents quality assurance activities to ensure optimum performance in all aspects of ISM
  • Performs physiological calibrations, verifies patient maneuvers, institutes lights out, records and monitors collection of patient data.
  • 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.
  • Understands indications, contraindications and adverse effects of nasal continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure (NCPAP and bi-level ventilation) and oxygen administration
  • Complies with universal infection control procedures
  • Applies and titrates therapy based on physician order and established protocols
  • Demonstrates ability to use reasonable initiative and judgement in applying practice theories of sleep medicine
  • Applies appropriate EKG (heart), EMG (muscle), and EOG (eye movement) monitoring electrodes
  • Properly disinfects and sterilizes appropriate electrodes, transducers and equipment
  • Recognizes and records clinical and physiological events, notes and corrects equipment malfunctions.
  • Alters patient's environment, monitors and changes patient's body position as needed to obtain the required sleep/wake data.
  • 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
  • Sets up and calibrates monitoring equipment.
  • Measures and applies appropriate EEG electrodes using International 10-20 system.
  • Places and securely attaches recording transducers to measure airflow, respiratory effort, oximetry and sometimes transcutaneous CO2.
  • Appropriately handles hazardous materials according to MSDS



  • 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

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist OR Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP)
  • Act 34

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


    Salary Range: $0 / hour

    Union Position: Yes

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