UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC TECHNICIAN 1

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

8495 (SEIU Local 925 HMC Technical)

CLASS SERIES CONCEPT

Conduct diagnostic tests to determine the origin of sleep-related disorders. This series differs from the Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist series by its specialized and sole function of conducting sleep disorder studies.

BASIC FUNCTION

First-level class of series.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under direct supervision, conduct sleep studies designated by supervisor.

TYPICAL WORK

Conduct designated sleep studies including overnight polysomnography (multiple montages), MSLT, MWT, supplemental O2 titration, pH monitoring, and portable sleep studies;

Welcome and educate patients about the study;

Select and implement appropriate configurations/procedures for the needs of the test;

Prepare the necessary equipment;

Connect patient to monitoring devices and sensors such as EEG electrodes, respiratory movement sensors, and penile tumescence monitors to collect sleep disorder data;

Monitor patient status throughout studies; respond appropriately to patient needs and changes in well-being including cardiovascular distress, seizures, and psychological distress;

Listen to, document, and appropriately triage patient needs;

Review completed test studies with supervisor; complete post-test documentation;

Identify and report environmental, equipment and engineering issues;

Perform related duties as required.

LEGAL REQUIREMENT(S):

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified

Graduate of an AMA-approved school of respiratory care, electroencephalogram diagnostics or polysomnography

AND

Certified in CPR

OR

Equivalent education/experience.

CLASSIFICATION HISTORY

New class adopted by DOP: 11-9-2001

Civil Service Reform: New class adopted by DOP and assigned DOP code and title 297P, Polysomnographic Technician I, formerly under DOP higher education job code 6495, adopted 5-10-2007, effective 7-1-2007

SEIU-Local 925 and UW agreed to place job in stand-alone bargaining unit at Harborview Medical Center: 11-1-10

New class in SEIU Local 925-HMC Polysomnographic Tech unit: 11-1-10