There is no aspect of the Sleep Center that is more important than patient care. It is the ultimate responsibility of the technician to insure proper patient care. The Technician is expected to follow the guidelines set forth in the lab and to exhibit good judgment at all times. The guidelines are as follows:
- The patient is scheduled for a Polysomnogram usually by the secretarial staff or the Sleep Center Manager. A packet if information containing a brochure, date of appointment and instructions, phone numbers for our facility, and pre study paperwork is mailed to the patient. The patient will be contacted two days prior to their sleep study to confirm and answer any questions they may have.
- A technician will be on duty prior to the patient’s arrival. The office is well lit, and the vestibule is open where they patient can enter and ring the door bell to be let in by the technician, as we are on lock down during the night. The patient is now the Technicians responsibility until the patient has left the parking lot in the am.
- The Technician will explain the procedure and show the patient a short video on sleep apnea. The technician will answer any questions the patient has. The patient’s integrity and privacy will be maintained throughout the entire time patient is in our care.
- Maintain proper sanitation of equipment. All items used on the patient have been cleaned according to Sleep Center guidelines.
- The patient should be comfortable, should know the procedure to let the technician know they have to use the restroom, should know they can ask for a fan or for more blankets, etc.
- Night technicians will be as quiet as possible while patient is undergoing testing.
- The technician will not leave the premises or the patient during an all-night study for ANY reason. He/She will remain awake and alert throughout the night and monitor the patient.
- Test results or medical advice should not be given to the patient for any reason whatsoever. You are not qualified to give patient any advice regarding their medical status or their sleep study results.