Home Sleep Testing
The home sleep test (HST) is a cost effective diagnostic tool that will determine if a patient stops breathing and measures the oxygen saturation of the patient.
The HST is more convenient and comfortable for the patient and generally results in lower out-of-pocket expenses. Medical expense can be a determining factor in a patient's decision not to have a diagnostic test performed, therefore foregoing necessary intervention to prevent future difficulties with symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Incorporating the HST model into the OMSC sleep disorders program will allow Dr. Dunn and his team to reach more patients that currently suffer from symptoms of OSA. Early assessment and diagnosis will afford the patient a greater chance of reversing the damage caused by OSA and prevent further damage from occurring.
The guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) specifically outline how the HST can be used in place of a traditional in-lab polysomnogram to diagnose patients suffering from symptoms consistent with OSA.
A comprehensive sleep evaluation must be performed prior to ordering an HST. An HST is approved for patients that meet the following:
High Pre-Test Probability Of Moderate To Severe OSA.
No Significant Co-Morbid Medical Conditions. (Ex. Pulmonary Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Neuromuscular Disease, Obesity, Treatment Refractory Hypertension).
Inability To Be Studied In A Sleep Lab Or Center.
Symptoms Do Not Exceed Those Consistent With OSA
Once an HST order is received, OMSC will contact the patient and schedule an appointment with one of our registered sleep technologists to provide instruction on the testing device.
The HST is generally returned by the patient next day and the data is downloaded and given to OMSC's Medical Director for review.
If your HST is positive for OSA, one of our skilled DME clinicians can work with you to coordinate therapy instruction and set-up.
Now it's easier than ever to diagnose and treat sleep disorders, and your improved sleep will have a direct impact on the quality of your health.