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Sleep Study Safety: Measures Taken to Protect Patients with Sleep Disorders

When it comes to sleep studies, people want to be treated in a safe and comfortable environment. At the Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, we take sleep disorders seriously and use every resource available to make sure you will be protected and your sleep study will be effective. Here are some frequently asked questions that will assure you that when you choose us, you are choosing sleep study safety.

Q: What processes/procedures does the DeKalb Medical Sleep Disorders Center have in place to ensure sleep study safety?

A: The Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital Sleep Disorders Center only employs fully trained staff, including trained CPR technicians, to perform sleep disorder studies. Careful attention is paid to ensure that our sleep lab equipment is meticulously calibrated on a regular basis, and all safety and procedure protocols are updated and revised in strict compliance with the American Sleep Disorders Association Guidelines. There is also an AED (defibrillator) onsite in the Center.

Q: How does the staff keep up with what is going on during a sleep study?

A: The Center has a specially equipped section designed for overnight sleep studies where our highly trained technicians use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to monitor, observe and record such processes as sleep patterns, heart and respiratory activity and body movements. Patients are monitored via audio and video every second of the study, so someone calling for help or waving at the camera will always be seen.

Q: What if a patient has special needs?

A: All special needs patients are required to have a parent, guardian or relative stay in the room during the duration of the study. In fact, we handle these as one-on-one situations in order to give these patients the special attention they require to ensure sleep study safety.

Q: How do you handle patients who have multiple health issues in addition to their sleep disorder?

A: Our fully trained, board-certified medical staff reviews each patient’s orders and medical history prior to the patient being scheduled. This allows for them to identify any high risk situation before it becomes an emergency. They also perform a “timeout” each night to ensure sleep study safety and verify that everything has been reviewed and the whole team is aware of any medical problems with that night's patients.

Q: What happens when a patient’s health concerns cannot be handled in the Sleep Disorders Center?

A: These patients are identified very quickly and transferred to the Emergency Room for appropriate treatment.

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Emory Decatur Hospital
Sleep Center

2665 North Decatur Road
Suite 435
Decatur, GA 30033

Emory Hillandale Hospital
Sleep Center

2801 DeKalb Medical Parkway
Lithonia, GA 30058


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