Polysomnographic Technology Practice

A polysomnographic technologist collects, analyzes, scores, monitors and records physiologic data during sleep and wakefulness to assist the supervising physician in the clinical assessment and diagnosis of sleep/wake disorders and other disorders, syndromes and dysfunctions that either are sleep related, manifest during sleep or disrupt normal sleep/wake cycles and activities. Polysomnographic technology includes the non-invasive monitoring, diagnostic testing, and initiation and delivery of treatments to determine therapeutic levels of inspiratory and expiratory pressures for individuals suffering from any sleep disorder.

Polysomnographic technologists perform these services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician who is available for consultation at all times during the provision of polysomnographic technology services.

In treating sleep disorders, polysomnographic technologists may:

  • apply electrodes, devices and apparatus necessary to monitor and evaluate sleep disturbances;
  • implement physiologic non-invasive monitoring applicable to polysomnography, including monitoring the therapeutic and diagnostic use on non-ventilated patients of oxygen, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), and bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP);
  • implement cardiopulmonary resuscitation and maintenance of a patient's airway (which does not include endotracheal intubation);
  • transcribe and implement physician orders pertaining to the practice of polysomnographic technology; and
  • implement non-invasive treatment changes and testing techniques, applicable to polysomnography, under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician.

Polysomnographic technologists also help patients and their families by providing consumer education about:

  • procedures and treatments used during polysomnographic technology; and
  • equipment or procedures used for the treatment of sleep disorders.
Last Updated: August 24, 2012