How We’re Addressing COVID-19
Having a sleep study can be an important step towards better quality of life and better health. Sleep apnea, one of the most common types of sleep disorder, is correlated with significant health conditions including heart disease, hypertension, stroke and diabetes. Patient care – your care and safety — is our top priority. As a health care provider, we strive at all times to provide a clean, safe environment for our patients and staff.
Our risk mitigation measures include:
- Staff training. The patient care staff at Advanced Sleep Medicine Services are credentialed and highly trained professionals. Our team has extensive training in creating and maintaining a safe and clean environment for the provision of care as well as ensuring that all equipment and supplies are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to patient use. Training includes hand washing, the use of gloves and masks and many other steps taken to reduce risks.
- Private rooms. Each patient has his or her own private room. You will not be sharing a room with any other patient. The technicians work in a separate room and monitor the sleep study remotely. The technician may need to enter the room to adjust equipment.
- Clean locations. We utilize a professional housekeeping service with all rooms cleaned after each patient use including sanitizing high touch surfaces.
- Fresh, clean linen. We utilize a professional linen service and provide freshly laundered linen including sheets, pillow cases and duvet cover for each patient.
- Patient screening. We screen patients for travel outside the United States and for any symptoms of a cold, flu or similar condition. We advise patients that have recently traveled outside the United States or have any symptoms of a cold, flu or similar condition to schedule their test for at least 2 weeks after the travel or the end of the symptoms.
- Limitation on PAP titration studies. For patients needing a PAP titration study, we have additional precautions.
- Equipment sanitization. We have specific, detailed policies and procedures for cleaning all medical equipment. The information is based on the manufacturer’s instructions for each piece of equipment and generally includes the use of high level disinfecting agents.
- Please reschedule your appointment if you have had any of the following symptoms in the past 2 weeks: Runny nose, headache, cough, sputum production, fever, or chest/lung pain or if you have traveled outside the United States in the past 2 weeks.
- We will take your temperature using a non-contact forehead thermometer prior to your study and will ask you to leave the facility and reschedule your study if the temperature reads 99.5 degrees or higher.
- Please wear a mask or other face covering when arriving at our facility. You will not need to wear a mask during your sleep study but we do ask you to wear a mask when arriving at our facility and while the technician is preparing for the sleep study.
Physicians order sleep studies and related services as a step towards improving your quality of life and your health. Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea can help reduce the risk of correlated health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes. If you have questions about the potential risks of COVID-19 as it relates to your sleep study, please consult your physician.
We schedule technicians for each patient visit, and if you hold an appointment it means another patient is not able to schedule for that appointment slot. If you choose to delay or cancel your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible, at least 48 hours in advance, so that we can minimize disruption for our technicians and other patients. You can contact us via our online scheduler https://www.sleepdr.com/for-patients/schedule-or-review-an-appointment/ or by calling (877) 775-3377.