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Floyd County Medical Center has been working in conjunction with Midwest Sleep Services, Inc. in providing high quality Sleep Services in addition to Home Sleep Services based on standards set by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) to assure that all patients receive the highest standard of care with sleep disorders testing. 

Floyd County Medical Center now offers Home Sleep Study in addition to Sleep Study in the hospital setting. 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by an obstruction of the upper airway during sleep, interrupting airflow and reducing blood oxygen levels. The dangers of sleep apnea are very real. Common signs include loud snoring, gasping, or choking during sleep. Sufferers stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer, up to hundreds of times per night, often reducing blood oxygen to dangerously low levels. Sleep Apnea robs the blood of oxygen and causes heavy stress on the heart, blood vessels, and organs. 

If left untreated, the fatigue and restlessness associated with Sleep Apnea can severely affect a person’s quality of life both mentally and physically.

Signs and Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  • Lack of Energy
  • Morning Headaches
  • Frequent Urination During the Night
  • Depression
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Nighttime Gasping, Choking, or Coughing
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux 
  • Irregular Breathing During Sleep

Home Sleep Testing: Home Sleep Study is performed in the comfort of your own home. A Home Sleep Study will be ordered by your medical provider. Depending on the results of your Home Sleep Study, you may then be referred to have a Sleep Study performed in the hospital setting. After you return the device, the results will then be sent to a board-certified Sleep Physician for interpretation. The results of your Sleep Study will be sent directly to your medical provider within 7-to-10-days.

What To Expect for Your Home Sleep Test:  When your medical provider orders your Home Sleep Study an order will be sent to Special Medical Services which is located in Floyd County Medical Center. From there one of their friendly staff will educate you step-by-step on how the Home Sleep Device should be attached and answer all your questions. There will be some paperwork to fill out regarding your sleep history and sleep habits. After they go through all the instructions and a quick demo with you which will take about 15 to 20 minutes, you will be sent home with the Sleep Study device, and you will bring back the device the next day. If you have any questions while applying the device or problems during the night, please call 1-888-216-1273 which is available 24/7. 

What To Expect for Your Lab (Hospital) Sleep Study:

The sleep study itself is a painless diagnostic procedure and our dedicated friendly staff make sure that you are comfortable. You will have your own private and comfortable room. Electrodes are gently pasted to your scalp, face, and legs along with other sensors attached to your body. The sensors are used to detect many different things and offer us great value when determining what is causing your sleep disturbances. During your sleep study we are monitoring brainwave patterns, muscle tone, heart rate, breathing, oxygen levels, and leg movements. If you need your sleep technologist, all you have to do is talk and he/she will hear you via our intercom system. You are free to watch T.V. or read until you sleep professional says, “good night” and testing will begin. Even though you will have sensors monitoring certain things, you are free to move around in bed to get comfortable. We want this to be good experience for you so please let the sleep professionals know if you need anything. You can get up and use the restroom as needed through the sleep study. In the morning when your sleep study is complete, the Sleep Technologist will unhook all sensors. A private shower is available for your convenience.  

After the Sleep Study is reviewed by a registered Sleep Technologist, those results are then sent to a board-certified Sleep Physician for further interpretation of your sleep test. Once we receive an official interpretation, those results are sent to your ordering provider who can explain to you your testing results. The Technologist cannot provide sleep testing results to any patients. 

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea:

  • Obesity
  • Diagnosis of hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Large neck circumference 
  • Male gender
  • Excessive use of alcohol or sedatives
  • Upper Airway or Facial Abnormalities
  • Smoking
  • Family History of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Endocrine and metabolic disorders

What To Bring With You:

  • Photo Identification
  • Insurance card(s) and co-pay
  • Completed registration forms and questionnaires
  • Sleep medication prescribed per your medical provider or over the counter
  • Current Medication List and the prescription medications you take before bed in their original containers. If diabetic, please bring any snack you need. 
  • Pajamas or top and bottom sleep clothes. Women may wear a bra underneath
  • Favorite pillow, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and any other toiletries you may need after the study, plus a change of clothes if needed. There is a shower available to use after your sleep study. 

Please call our daytime staff if you are having any concerns or have any questions prior to your sleep test. It is our goal to make you comfortable during your testing. Please call 319-233-2278 or 319-233-2279. 

Floyd County Medical Center is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) compliance with a comprehensive set of standards. ACHC is a third-party accreditation organization that has developed the highest national stands that providers are measured against to illustrate their ability to effectively and efficiently deliver quality healthcare products and services to consumers. 

If you have any concerns about the product or service that you receive from Floyd County Medical Center, you may contact ACHC directly at 855-937-2242. 

Sleep Study Medical Director: Dr. Phillip C. Lee, M.D.

Resources

Treatment option video: https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/ss/slideshow-sleep-apnea-treatment-options 

Patient education resource sites for sleep disorder:

Self assessment screening tools for Sleep Apnea: