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By: Kevin Phillips on December 21st, 2015

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Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT): A Resource for Sleep Technologists

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The use of home sleep apnea testing (HSAT), also known as portable monitoring (PM), for the diagnosis of sleep apnea is continuing to grow as a viable option for sleep professionals. With the increased use of HSAT, certain standards of practice must be upheld and maintained to assure quality care for patients.

The following two videos released by the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) show PowerPoint presentations by Richard Berry, M.D., as he discusses a variety of topics concerning home sleep apnea tests that sleep professionals and sleep technologists should know. At the end of the article, you'll also find a link to the AAST's CEC-eligible fall course module on education and implementation of HSAT technology into your sleep facility!

Information you will learn about Home Sleep Apnea Testing

In the first video, "Introduction to Portable Monitoring Guidelines," Dr. Berry discusses the following:

  • Clinical guidelines development for home sleep apnea testing

  • The importance of comprehensive clinical assessments prior to using HSAT

  • Information about the devices and how they are used

  • When HSAT is advised

  • When HSAT may be used as a substitute to in-lab polysomnogram (PSG)

  • When HSAT is NOT advised


The second video, "Portable Monitoring Methodology," Dr. Berry discusses the following:

  • A flow chart detailing patient symptoms and medical disorders that would lead to either an in-lab PSG or the possibility of home sleep apnea testing

  • What HSAT records and the minimum data they must record for accurate analysis

  • Technology that portable monitors should have including sensor types and recording parameters

  • Examples of read-outs of portable monitors

  • The information HSAT monitors give technologists

  • The recommended methodology to be followed for HSAT

  • Policies and procedures for sensor application, scoring, and interpretation

  • Quality/performance program applications

  • Qualifications of technologists, technicians, and health care professionals performing application of portable monitors.

  • How manual and automated scoring should be reviewed by sleep technologists

  • Importance of having board certified sleep specialists evaluate and review raw data from HSAT monitors

  • How scoring HSAT's needs to remain consistent with American Academy of Sleep Medicine standards.

  • The importance of follow-ups between patient and physician to discuss HSAT results

  • When unattended HSAT's can be used

For more information on HSAT's and education provided by the AAST, make sure to check out our online course module on educating and implementing HSAT technology into your sleep center here.

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