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Embracing -- and Surviving -- Home Sleep Studies

Published November 7, 2013 9:21 AM by Penny Mehaffey

I concur! I read a blog by Matt Kaplan on the SLEEP SCHOLAR web site this week that I found gratifying. His lab has conducted over 5,000 home sleep tests recently and he has a seasoned insight into the dos and don'ts of home testing.  I have to say it was reassuring to hear I was having a similar experience with HSTs in my lab.  

I particularly dentified with the patient experience data that suggests: Patients do not return devices when they are supposed to. Amen and wow! We had one patient who kept the device for a month and then returned it blank. Really? If you keep a device for a month, you'd think you could at least use it --once! 

An interesting personal observation I've had, too, is that the people who seem to be the most digitally savvy and who I think won't have trouble with the device, are the ones who end up having to repeat the test. Meanwhile,  my Bubbas and grannies have no difficulty. It's comical really. I thought I knew better than to judge a book by it's cover. 

Matt's lab also has the patient use the device more than one night consecutively. We may or may not, depending on the lab schedule. Most of the time we wait to see the results of the first test and then repeat if needed. Matt, too, tapes the pulse ox to the hand and has tech support available to assist patients if needed. Great minds think alike. While we are nowhere near the 5,000 mark, I am confident we are on the right track.

I am encouraged to see someone embrace and not only survive, but thrive with HSTs. Keep up the good work Matt. You are an inspiration!!

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