What does "outpatient sleep laboratory" mean? Our outpatient sleep laboratory consists of portable measurement devices that are programmed and transmit their readings to our computer in the practice. Here we can check all respiratory function and cardiovascular activity during the night. In addition, the activity of the sleeping brain and muscles can be detected. This allows us to diagnose respiratory, psychological and neurological sleep disorders.
Nobody has to stay with us overnight. These investigations are performed at the patient’s home. For many, sleeping in your home environment is much more comfortable than in a clinic. Further measurements of respiratory function are also made in our practice to determine respiratory diseases affecting sleep. In order to estimate the risk of heart attack and stroke, relevant laboratory test values are determined or - if already existing - included. Sleep-related breathing disorders are associated with an increased risk of infarction and stroke.
The application of the measuring equipment is simple and is demonstrated precisely by our employees the day before the night of examination. However, if someone is still unsure that they will be able to apply the devices alone, we have found it helps to have someone at home to help you. If in doubt, take someone with you.
If someone already has a therapy device for airway-positive-pressure respiration, someone regularly uses an anti-snoring splint or someone treats their sleep apnea by avoiding the supine position, regular therapy check-ups are required. The frequency of these check-ups will be set on an individual basis until the optimum results are obtained. With stable therapy, check-ups after 6-12 months are sensible, and then once a year. These should also take into account the patient’s subjective well-being, so that also the objective therapy quality is correct.
Positive pressure ventilation (CPAP, BPAP, Auto-CPAP, NIV) can also be assessed by us by reading the respiratory equipment over an extended period of time. Such a device even has its own cloud, in which the quality of ventilation is constantly observed with the help telemonitoring. If the patient agrees, the doctor can look into these records at any time and, if problems arise, make a problem analysis on the patient’s data on a call with the patient. Our sleep lab is licensed to look at the records on the cloud following the consent of the patient. Telemonitoring increases therapy safety and efficiency and is equipped with a very high level of data protection. The collaboration between doctor and patient is thereby considerably facilitated.