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The Sleep Center at Wheeling Hospital Earns National Accreditation

October 26, 2018

WHEELING, W. VA - Wheeling Hospital’s state-of-the-art Sleep Center has earned national five-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

AASM facilities provide the highest level of quality patient care. The accreditation through AASM covers all types of sleep testing, including in-center polysomnography (PSG), multiple sleep latency testing, maintenance of wakefulness testing and home sleep apnea testing.

The Sleep Center, under the direction of Medical Director Dr. Richard Ryncarz, provides clinical diagnostic evaluations and treatment for disorders such as sleep apnea (breathing pauses during sleep), snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypersomnolence, nocturnal desaturation, narcolepsy, night terrors, insomnia and restless leg syndrome.

“Sleep disorders in themselves can seriously disrupt a person's life, and studies continue to show how lack of sleep can lead to other serious medical problems,” said Ryncarz. “That’s why our Sleep Center offers sleep evaluations with the most advanced equipment available.”

The center’s state-of-the-art equipment is capable of performing all PSG studies according to AASM guidelines. Comfortable, private rooms accommodate all patients’ needs. Testing includes PSG, PSG with continuous positive air pressure (CPAP), Bilevel positive air pressure (BiPAP) and Auto Servo ventilation (ASV).

Adult testing for sleep apnea and other sleep related disorders is available seven days per week. Daytime CPAP monitoring, multiple sleep latency testing and mean wakefulness tests also are performed Monday through Friday. Testing is performed by licensed registered respiratory therapists, who are also registered polysomnographic technologists, to provide the highest quality individualized care to patients.

Patients having sleep testing report to the Sleep Center during the early evening and leave shortly after 6 a.m. the following day. Those who must report to their jobs earlier can have their departure times adjusted. While the patient is asleep, data is collected for evaluation by a technologist and physician who specialize in sleep medicine.

The test’s evaluation includes such information as how long the patient remains in each stage of sleep, the amount and level of snoring, body movements, number of ceased or shallow breathing, oxygen levels and EKG. After the evaluation, the testing results are reviewed and interpreted by the medical director. A diagnosis is made from the results and additional testing or treatments are recommended to improve the patient’s sleep condition as needed.

“The AASM is committed to ensuring that those in the field of sleep medicine provide excellent health care and enhance the awareness of sleep as an important element for health, public safety and the quality of life,” said Dr. Douglas Kirsch, president of the AASM. “By successfully completing the accreditation process and upholding the Standards of Accreditation, Wheeling Hospital’s Sleep Center has shown it is dedicated to the advancement of the field.”

Patients must schedule appointments by first visiting their physician. If a sleep disorder is suspected, a referral can be made to The Sleep Clinic, or to a sleep specialist such as Ryncarz. Patients seen in The Sleep Clinic will have their total care, from the first examination through follow-up, managed by sleep professionals. Any findings and care provided are promptly relayed to the patient’s physician.

Referrals to The Sleep Center at Wheeling Hospital can be made by calling 304-243-3720.

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