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Blazing a trail in sleep medicine studies
Mid-Michigan residents really can rest easier—at least those who take advantage of this region’s most highly expert and experienced sleep medicine specialists, technologists and support staff at our McLaren's Sleep & Alertness Center.
Today, the Center’s national reputation, its longstanding accreditation, and its reputation as a “go-to” resource for sleep specialists across the country is testament to the “rightness” of that journey. To contact the Center, call (517) 975-3375.
The journey began in 1980 with a single-bed sleep “area,” where as-needed studies were conducted. Techs sat on a chair “cot-side” in semi-darkness, monitoring and recording sleep behaviors and clinical finding, while patients slept in the pulmonary function laboratory that had been converted to a “bedroom.” In its first year, the lab conducted only a handful of sleep studies.
Fast Forward to the Present.
Ten high-tech sleep rooms with a homelike feel are filled night and day at the Pennsylvania campus’ Sleep & Alertness Center. Down the hall, polysomnographic technologists monitor clinical data on computer screens, being transmitted in real-time by the dozen-plus transducers and electrodes affixed to the patient.
If techs note the occurrence of sleep apnea—episodes of stopped breathing—they’ll wake the patient and hook up a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) system that will keep the sleeper’s airway open and a steady, consistent flow of oxygen into their lungs. It usually takes several hours of adjustments before the “fix” is effective.
Combined, the electrodes, transducers, and digital video capture the entire sleep process and provide clues that will lead to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Referring physicians benefit from the longstanding experience and expertise of Drs. Abbasi, Gera and Kashyap and may, depending on their personal level of comfort in treating sleep disorders, tap the sleep physician team for everything from a single sleep study to on-site consultation, initial or follow-up consultation, to comprehensive treatment and medical oversight for the patient’s sleep problem.
“Crisis beds” also are available and particularly advantageous for physicians whose patients may face job termination or serious health implications if their sleep disorder remains undiagnosed and treated.
Patients gain broader access to a “time-specific” service. Shift workers can undergo a sleep study during their normal sleep time.