St. Francis Sleep Lab Achieves Accreditation with ACHC
July 05, 2017
CHI Health St. Francis announces its approval of accreditation status by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for the services of its Sleep Lab.
Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.
ACHC is a not-for-profit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. ACHC is ISO 9001:2008-certified and has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice, and DMEPOS.
The sleep lab at St. Francis is for outpatients age nine and older. Sleep lab patients will find a comfortable, hotel-like space with a full-sized bed rather than the hospital bed that many might expect.
Patients usually come to the sleep lab in the evening and St. Francis staff prepares them for an overnight stay. Staff members monitor patients while they sleep and record patterns that may indicate a sleep disorder. This information is examined by a pulmonologist, who can diagnose a sleep disorder and recommend treatment if needed.
Sleep studies allow doctors to measure how much and how well you sleep. They also help show whether you have sleep problems and how severe they are. People typically aren’t aware of their breathing and movements while sleeping. They may never think to talk to their doctors about sleep- and health-related issues that may be linked to sleep problems.
Individuals should consult with your doctor if they snore regularly or feel very tired while at work or school most days of the week. They also may want to visit with their doctor if they often have trouble falling or staying asleep — common signs of a sleep disorder.
Doctors can diagnose some sleep disorders by asking questions about a person’s sleep schedule and habits and by getting information from sleep partners or parents. To diagnose other sleep disorders, doctors also use the results from sleep studies and other medical tests.
To determine whether you might benefit from a sleep evaluation, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you regularly have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep?
- Do people tell you that you snore? Has anyone ever told you that you have pauses in breathing or that you gasp for breath when you sleep?
- Are your legs active or restless at night? Do you experience tingling, creeping, itching, pulling, aching, or other strange feelings in your legs while sitting or lying down that cause a strong urge to move, walk, or kick your legs for relief?
- Are you so tired when you wake up in the morning that you cannot function normally during the day?
- Do sleepiness and fatigue persist for more than two to three weeks?
People answering yes to any of these questions should discuss getting a complete sleep evaluation with their physician.