A registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT) conducts sleep studies on patients by performing overnight polysomnograms. They work with other members of a given facility's staff to provide comprehensive evaluations and treatments of sleep disorders. To this end, the RSPGT may be required to administer polysomnographic tests, provide diagnostic and therapeutic services, or simply be responsible for patient care and education. The data an RSPGT collects from polysomnograms is organized and presented to the physicians in charge of the practice. The RPSGT begins by reviewing patient history, their physical status, and any medications they may be taking. Typically, they have the patient fill out a questionnaire, and provide the patient with help in filling out this and any necessary forms. They then explain the procedure to the patients, walking them through all the steps. It is important that the RPSGT have excellent interpersonal skills and exhibit kindness and understanding when working with the patient. After orienting the patient, the RPSGT prepares the equipment required for the study. They should be able to ascertain the functionality of the equipment. The RPSGT then prepares the patient for the procedure; this involves the application of electrodes and sensors and the mask-fitting for titrations. Throughout the study the RPSGT documents any observations or technical difficulties. They should be able to provide medical services (e.g. oxygen masks, CPR, etc.) as necessary. At all times, the RPSGT must comply with state laws and regulations, as well as any additional standards implemented by their organization. Like other healthcare professionals, RPSGTs must be able to adhere to patient confidentiality guidelines.
Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) Tasks
- Prepare and analyze readings for interpretation by a physician.
- Monitor patient respiration, heart and brain activity during procedure.
- Operate equipment to record sleep and awake physiology readings of patient.
- File polysomnogram studies and reports, order supplies and maintain equipment.