A polysomnographic technologist is a medical professional who helps to administer tests for persons who may be suffering from a variety of sleep disorders. The technologist typically works in a clinic or laboratory dedicated to diagnosing sleep anomalies in patients, and he or she works to ensure that all equipment in the sleep lab is clean, properly prepared, and in good working order. He or she typically attaches a variety of sensory measuring devices to a patient prior to sleeping, in order to measure responses from the patient. The technologist typically collects data while monitoring the patient's health during this process, and he or she will typically provide that information to the primary care provider.
Most polysomnographic technologists seek out associate's degrees in this specialty or study this area in vocational schools. Various professional certifications are also likely to be required by local jurisdictions and employers as well. Thus, continuing education and up-to-date licensure is important for these workers. Polysomnographic technologists typically work in a lab or clinical environment, although on some occasions, they may also do field examinations at the homes of patients. Because of the nature of this work, technologists often work both daytime and nighttime hours, depending on scheduling and patient requirements.
Polysomnographic Technologist Tasks
Assess and care for patients with sleep disorders, educate about treatment options.
Evaluate sleep results and prepare reports when needed.
Administer oxygen and titrates CPAP and BIPAP to patient, calibrate and sterilize medical equipment.
Responsible for the set-up and study of polysomnogram studies.