$40.16 to $53.93 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Respiratory therapy, electroencephalography technology or nursing program
Polysomnographic technologists work with pediatric and/or adult clients with sleep disorders. They are responsible for performing polysomnography, sleep studies and multiple-sleep latency tests. Polysomographic technologists monitor clients and document vital statistics, abnormalities, calibrations, artifact interventions and treatments. Based on these studies, they prepare comprehensive analyses. They also educate patients and their families on sleep disorders and the use and maintenance of sleep-related equipment. At times, they also provide clients with ongoing technical support for equipment. This may require dealing with equipment suppliers and manufacturers. Polysomnographic technologists have opportunities to participate in research projects and can assist in implementing research findings, when applicable.
Polysomnographic technologists work in a number of different facilities including hospitals, medical centers and specialty institutions. They may work full-time or part-time hours. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts.
Polysomnographic technologists should be comfortable working with computers and dealing with a variety of equipment including oximeters, multi-channel recorders, electro and spectrographic recorders. They may be standing, walking, bending, or sitting for extended periods of time. Occasionally, polysomnographic technologists assist with patient transfers. They may be exposed to needlesticks and bio-hazardous materials. Polysomnographic technologists should also be comfortable working in low-light conditions.