Montgomery College 2020-2021 Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
Montgomery College 2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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POSM 201 - Polysomnography II

(TP/SS only)

Advanced theory and practice of polysomnography. Includes advanced monitoring techniques such as bi-level PAP, parasomnia, and seizure investigation. Emphasis is placed on obtaining and scoring a quality polysomnogram. PREREQUISITE(S): POSM 104 , POSM 105 , or consent of department. COREQUISITE(S): POSM 202 . Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Formerly PO 201.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Develop a plan for becoming a licensed polysomnographic technologist.
  • Select appropriate equipment, data acquisition parameters, and therapeutic modalities for all patients.
  • Explain procedures performed for advanced monitoring.
  • Explain the application across age ranges of routine polysomnographic protocols.
  • Devise a plan to troubleshoot artifact and common polysomnographic equipment problems.
  • Modify a practice polysomnographic recording montage to optimize recognized indications, contraindications, and potential side effects of treatment modalities.
  • Explain principles of documentation for alterations in the patient’s environment and for initiation of clinical interventions across all ages.
  • Differentiate normal variants and artifact from epileptiform or seizure activity.
  • Calculate latency, percentages, and indices exhibited on polysomnographic recordings.
  • Store polysomnographic data in secure and retrievable formats.
  • Discuss the impact of sampling rate, Nyquist theory, aliasing, horizontal/vertical resolution, and screen size on signal display quality.
  • Differentiate sleep and wake stages according to patient-specific factors.
  • Document manipulations of the environment, amplifier settings and derivations, and equipment malfunctions.
  • Modify parameters to ensure the integrity and quality of the recording.
  • Apply standard criteria for scoring.
  • Summarize therapeutic interventions available for sleep disorders.
  • Explain the principles of titration, contraindications and complications of PAP, and oxygen devices.
  • Recommend interventions and titration of oxygen and/or PAP therapy.
  • Determine appropriate procedures in response to events.
  • Recognize patient safety and emergency situations.
  • Recognize complications and contraindications of prescribed therapy.

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