GCH Sleep Lab receives accreditation

GRAFTON—For meeting high standards, the Grafton City Hospital Sleep Lab received national program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

AASM Dr. Douglas Kirsch shared that the AASM would like to congratulate the Grafton City Hospital Lab on meeting the high standards required to earn accreditation as a sleep disorders center.

“Grafton City Hospital Sleep Lab is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders,” stated Kirsch.

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM.

These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care and quality assurance.

In 1977, the AASM accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time. Today, there are more than 2,600 AASM accredited sleep center across the country.

The AASM is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers and other care providers in the field of sleep medicine.

As the national accreditation body for sleep disorders center, the AASM strives to improve sleep health and promotes high quality, patient centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research and practice standards.

The Grafton City Hospital Sleep Lab is directed by Mouhannad Azzouz, MD and Caitlin Blair, CRT, is the Sleep Lab Coordinator

In addition, to receiving the national accreditation, Blair announced that the lab will now be accepting children ages three and up.

“We are happy to announce that we are now accepting children and we are always accepting new patients,” she reported.

The lab has a homelike atmosphere, there are two bedrooms both equipped with televisions and a reclining chair for the patient’s love one to use. In addition, each room has a private bathroom.

Across from the rooms, there is a breakfast nook stocked with refreshments and snacks patients can have after their study is complete.

Blair shared that they offer weekend appointments and daytime studies to help accommodate patients that work night shirts.

During the sleep study, patients will review their medical history with a Sleep Technician. The Technician will explain the procedure to the patient.

During the study, monitoring leads will be applied to various parts of the body to monitor breathing patterns, oxygen levels, air moment and more.

Blair shared that many patients are timid when they see the equipment that is used, but once it is on, they forgot about it and are able to get comfortable.

After the patient is hooked up to the monitoring leads, they may watch television, read a book, listen to the radio and relax. Lights are turn off at 11:30 p.m.

The patient is woken up between 4:00-5:00 a.m. Once awake, they are given the opportunity to shower and change and have something to eat and drink from the breakfast nook.

If someone is having trouble sleeping, a sleep study can help ensure the patient has the proper diagnosis and treatment if they have a sleep disorder.

One of the most common sleep disorders is Sleep Apnea.

Many may be asking what is Sleep Apnea? Sleep Apnea is a medical disorder that causes a person to stop breathing for periods of time during sleep.

There are many risks associated with Sleep Apnea including high blood pressure, cardiac artery disease, motor vehicle accidents, heart attack, stroke, fatigue and a decreased quality of life.

There are many benefits of treatment including lower blood pressure, decreased risk of heart attack or stroke, more energy and attentiveness, increased effectiveness at work or at home and Improved overall quality of life

If you suspect you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea or any other sleep disorder, speak with your primary care provider to discuss screening and treatment options and see if getting a sleep study may help with the diagnosis.

For more information about the lab, visit www.graftonhospital.com or call 304-265-7250.


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