The incumbent will support the VHA Mission including patient care, education, and research. Job duties will include interacting with patients, family members, members of the health care team, including students and trainees. The incumbent may participate in the orientation and mentorship of new employees or students. Functions or Scope of Assigned Duties: Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Program and Operations: Incumbent recognizes relevance of information for DME and Sleep Clinic needs. Identifies, evaluates, and assimilates information from multiple sources. Has sufficient knowledge and skills in communicating the purpose of PAP and how to integrate PAP therapy in the home setting. Able to desensitize patients to PAP therapy. Must be able to recognize disabilities and handicaps some patients may have and be able to act and react with professionalism and courtesy while communicating with the patient. Incumbent must be able to address patients' complex barriers regarding the PAP therapy when they arise, either via phone, CPAP clinic, CPAP Emergent Clinic, or VA Video connect. Checks in and stages patients for CPAP clinic. Assists patients with proper fit for PAP equipment and masks. Sets up the exam rooms to assure sterile supplies and other required equipment are carefully selected and properly presented as determined by the test being performed. Sets up the PAP equipment, performs quality checks to ensure readiness for use during the procedure. Establishes and monitors quality control, record keeping systems and measures to assure the accuracy and validity of results. Establishes and writes instructions for calibrating and standardizing instruments and equipment. Translates data into meaningful information. Examines and considers all aspects of a situation, including its context and complexity, in order to identify the best course of action and reach an informed decision. Ensures all equipment is kept clean and safe for use by the PAP patient. Able to recognize and report malfunctioning equipment to Biomedical Services for repair or replacement. Maintains and monitors all necessary supplies are stocked and available in the event of an emergent procedure. Ensures proper cleaning and performs minor adjustments and maintenance. Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT) Program and Operations: Incumbent works with a variety staff at local and remote sites to train clinic staff on HSAT data collection and setup, PAP setup, and follow-up. Instructs the technicians at remote sites on the proper hookup procedure for the HSAT device so the studies are close to artifact free. Communicates effectively with a range of personnel (physicians, nurses, administration and clinic managers) within the medical center and at Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) to develop policy and procedures for the HSAT program. Provides oversight of the HSAT program to assure that it meets with all Joint Commission, American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), and other regulatory bodies prescribed standards. Helps with instructing the remote, CBOC technicians to download the HSAT data to the Portland VA Sleep Center and score the HSAT study. Oversees staff working at remote CBOCs for the HSAT program to assure competency in HSAT and PAP setup. Independently explains the procedures to the patient and answers any questions regarding HSAT study. Appropriately prepares patient for test using standardized aseptic technique. Performs triage, rearranges schedule according to patient priorities, and assists other MITs when needed. Evaluates and reviews market of HSAT equipment to determine if new equipment would provide additional clinical diagnostic abilities and recommends new equipment as needed. In-Lab Sleep Studies Program and Operations: Incumbent may assist in the performance of sleep studies, including Diagnostic, Split Study, PAP Titration, Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), or a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT). Incumbent establishes and writes instructions for calibrating and standardizing instruments and equipment when necessary. Assures that the required equipment is carefully selected and properly presented as determined by the procedure being performed. Requests preventative maintenance as required. Able to perform routine maintenance and recognize and reports malfunctioning equipment to Biomedical Engineering for repair or replacement. Makes minor adjustments to equipment which enhances diagnostic results. Performs the full range of complex procedures using specialized equipment that requires precise adjustments to respond to individual patient conditions or test sequences. Work Schedule: Hours are possible Monday-Saturday 0800-1630 Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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