POTSDAM - Canton-Potsdam Hospitals Sleep Disorders Center has established its own in-home sleep analysis service for evaluating obstructive sleep apnea.
The home service must be ordered by a medical or nurse practitioner and is appropriate for people with no significant medical conditions other than suspected obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a temporary, repeatedly on and off interruption of breathing, usually occurring at night during sleep. Obstructive apnea occurs when muscles at the back of the throat fail to keep an open airway. The condition causes sleep interruption and low oxygen levels, leading to poor functioning during waking hours.
An in-home sleep study is a simplified version of an overnight, attended sleep study that focuses on nocturnal (night-time) breathing. Home studies are used to diagnose or rule out obstructive sleep apnea with an emphasis on an examination of breathing. Because the emphasis is on breathing alone, the study is able to provide meaningful data with fewer sensors than would be required for an overnight, attended stay in a hospital-based outpatient sleep disorders center.
CPHs Sleep Disorders Center staff members deliver the analysis units directly to patients in their homes, ensure that patients understand how to operate the units appropriately, and explain how to get the best study results possible.
Well pick the study up, have it scored and interpreted by our nationally registered sleep technician in our nationally accredited sleep disorders center, and interpreted by a pulmonologist who is also board-certified in sleep medicine, said Dennis R. Maid, RT, Director of Respiratory Therapy. The results will determine whether or not a patient needs follow-up and what kind of follow-up is appropriate, he said.
A full sleep study might be medically required, he said. This involves a polysomnogram, which is a painless, non-invasive evaluation of many biological functions, not simply breathing, he said. Polysomnography is performed as an overnight test, for one or two overnight stays in our Sleep Disorders Center. The home testing is a more convenient, less costly option for those who might be suspected for one type of sleep disorder and have little reason to believe other studies are warranted until this one type is first ruled out, he said. Some insurances also require a home study prior to authorizing a full sleep study, he added.
According the National Sleep Foundation and a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine, sleep disorders can affect everything from work performanceparticularly in fields for which people operate machinery or put in long hoursto the quality of home life. Sleep disorders have also been linked to clinical depression, diabetes, glaucoma, and other illnesses.
People may know they need to see a doctor for pain or problems with concentration, said Maid. They dont always think of sleep deprivation as part of the diagnosis, he said. As more research emerges, the medical and nursing community, as well as the general public and business owners, are seeing the benefits of a good nights sleep, he added.
For more information about in-home sleep testing, interested individuals should contact Debra Todd, Respiratory Care Assistant, at 268-0642.