SDMS's core purpose is to enhance the art and science of medicine by advancing medical sonography. As an SDMS member you will join an exclusive network of over 28,000 sonographers and sonography students.
Formed in 2009, the SDMS Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization affiliated with the SDMS. The SDMS Foundation fosters professional learning and excellence by working to improve the field of diagnostic medical sonography.
Acts as a consultant to assess, plan, implement, evaluate, and reassess the care of patients with abdominal stomas, draining wounds, fistulas, pressure sores/dermal wounds and incontinence and involved with the physical, emotional and social rehabilitation of patients. This individual ensures these needs are met in a manner that is consistent with the values and missions of CSFCH
Action Oriented -- Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.
Customer Focus -- Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
Communicates Effectively -- Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
Decision Quality -- Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
Collaborates -- Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
Nimble Learning -- Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
Demonstrates Self-Awareness -- Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
Goals -- Completes quarterly goals
Delivering the Mission -- Performs duties as defined in this job description and demonstrates mastery of role
Performs nasal CPAP and BiPAP titration studies on patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
Educates patient on procedure of applying nasal CPAP/BiPAP.
Measures patient and applies appropriate size mask to ensure minimal leak.
Allows patient to return to sleep before beginning titration.
Monitors patient and records pressure adjustments according to sleep lab protocol.
Administers oxygen and titrates dosage when indicated in accordance with sleep lab protocol
Completes titration worksheet and technician report as outlined by sleep lab procedure.
Accurately applies electrodes, monitors patients, and documents patient information during overnight polysomnograms, maintaining confidentiality of documents and data collected.
Sets up and calibrates monitoring equipment.
Measures and applies EEG electrodes accurately, using international 10-20 system.
Precisely places EKG (heart), EMG (muscle), and EOG (eye movement electrodes.
Places and securely attaches recording transducers to measure air flow, respiratory effort, patient position, leg movement, and oximetry.
Performs physiologic calibrations and verifies patient maneuvers on patient record.
Institutes "lights out" and records patient data.
Monitors the polysomnogram.
Recognizes and record clinical observations throughout test.
Performs MSLT (multiple sleep latency test) as ordered by M.D. in accordance with lab policy.
Begins each nap with patient calibration and "Lights out".
Ensures that patient remains awake between nap opportunities.
Participates in patient support group activities and patient education/screening clinic.
Assists patients in completing pre-admission questionnaires and paperwork.
Introduces patients to sleep laboratory equipment, technician monitoring room, and sleep room.
Answers questions related to sleep related breathing disorders and monitoring equipment.
Sets up and plays patient education videotapes related to sleep apnea and CPAP introduces patient to CPAP/BiPAP equipment. Answers questions related to above.
Attends A.W.A.K.E. network meetings for patient support.
Reviews overnight PSG and MSLT. Scores sleep stages and respiratory events, leg movements, and arousals.
Identifies and scores sleep stages on overnight PSG and MSLT according to rules outlined in Retschaffen and Kales.
Identifies and scores respiratory events to include central, mixed, and obstructive apneas and hypopneas.
Recognizes life threatening arrhythmias. Is able to identify PACS, PVCS and score same.
Recognizes and scores PLMS events.
Recognizes and scores arousal and awakenings, both associated with and independent of respiratory events and leg movements.
Documents a narrative summary post each test scored and adds to chart.
Prints out appropriate reports and prepare them for review by lab manager prior to forwarding to M.D. and DME company.
At least a minimum of 1 year experience in an established sleep center, but not required.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.