Sleep Medicine is categorized as an allied health profession in the United States and Canada. The classification for a Registered Sleep Technologist is (RPSGT). A polysomnographic technologist, or a sleep technician, is an individual who performs overnight sleep studies for patients young and old who are suspected of having sleep apnea. A physician's order is usually required for a sleep study. A sleep technician's job description includes preparing the patient for study in sleep laboratories or in hospitals, fitting them with a face mask that is connected to a CPAP/BiPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, monitoring them, and recording the results for evaluation later on. They usually work night shifts. The sleep technician measures the patient's CPAP/BiPAP levels to determine the amount of CPAP/BiPAP pressure needed to treat the patient's sleep apnea disease. They are also responsible for providing treatment for patients having severe cases of sleep apnea, explaining to them what sleep apnea is, its causes and effects, the need for the procedure and what the procedure is, and what CPAP/BiPAP levels are.
Sleep Medicine at St. Mary Medical Center:
Since its founding in 1994, specialists at the St. Mary Sleep/Wake Disorders Center have performed more than 12,000 polysomnographic (sleep) studies. The St. Mary Sleep/Wake Disorders Center brings comfort and convenience combined with state-of-the-art technology and the most up to date diagnostics to the region. Patients and their families benefit from the quality of care and extensive education provided by the dedicated and highly trained staff.
The Sleep/Wake Disorders Center offers a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services, including polysomnographic studies, CPAP/BIPAP titration, MSLT/MWT studies, nocturnal seizure evaluations, mask fittings, and sleep consultations. The professional credentials of the staff at the St. Mary Sleep/Wake Disorders Center ensure a quality study. All procedures are administered, monitored, and scored by registered polysomnographic technologists and reviewed by board-certified physicians. St. Mary is distinguished among Sleep Centers in that it employs only board-registered sleep technologists as well as many accomplished technologists who have multiple credentials in Respiratory Therapy and Neurophysiology.
The Sleep/Wake Disorders Center has earned Disease-Specific Care certification from the Joint Commission. In addition to receiving the commission's Gold Seal of ApprovalTM, the Sleep/Wake Disorders Center also has earned accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, becoming one of only a few centers nationwide to have received both of these quality distinctions.