Course Outline

Day 1 Monday

  • Introduction to the course and the manual
  • A brief history of sleep medicine and the accompanying evolution of acquisition equipment (slide presentation)
  • Standard definitions and accepted abbreviations in polysomnography
  • Overview of Current Concepts 3The Sleep Disorders2 (required reading)
  • Overview of Sleep and Sleep Disorders MedicineÜClassifications, Signs and Symptoms (slide presentation)
  • A review of patient monitoring devices
  • Basic safety and universal precautions

Day 2 Tuesday

  • Sleep lab tour and brief review of equipment
  • Quiz on sleep disorders
  • Basic respiratory physiology as it pertains to sleep related breathing disorders
  • What causes respiratory events: Obstructive, Mixed, Central, Hypopnea, UARS
  • What is hypoventilation syndrome
  • Neuromuscular disease and breathing related syndromes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and CPAP
  • 3 hours watching a PSG hookup in a lab setting--evening, or a video of a typical night for an OSA patient in the sleep lab

Day 3 Wednesday

  • Questions and answers on covered material
  • Quiz on different types of breathing disordered events and covered material thus far
  • Video: International 10-20 system of measurement
  • The modified 10-20 system for lead placement in polysomnography
  • Practice measuring and marking the head for electrode placement

Day 4 Thursday

  • Basic cardiac physiology and arrhythmia detection
  • Blood flow and structure of the heart
  • Conduction pathways
  • QRS review
  • Arrhythmias; signal origination
  • What breathing disorders do to your heart
  • Polysomnographic documentation basics
  • Systematic hookup method
  • Live demonstration of the systematic hookup method
  • Interfacing with acquisition equipment
  • Headbox inputs
  • Impedance checks
  • Machine calibrations
  • Conducting the overnight polysomnogram
  • Acquiring data
  • Patient calibrations
  • Recognizing artifacts
  • Troubleshooting

Day 5 Friday

  • Group 1 to practice complete patient hookups on Group 2
  • Proper cleaning and sterilization of patient monitoring devices
  • Group 2 to practice complete patient hookups on Group 1
  • Proper cleaning and sterilization of patient monitoring devices

Day 6 Monday

  • Question and answer session on material covered thus far
  • Exam on material covered thus far
  • Video presentation followed by live Q & A phone conference
  • Sleep stage recognition
  • Review and discussion of staging examples
  • Review and discussion of actual sleep recordings
  • Review of current masks used for CPAP and practice proper mask fitting on each other

Day 7 Tuesday

  • Titration of CPAP
  • Practice complete patient setup with mask, record data—Group 1
  • Using Bi-Level Therapy
  • Practice complete patient setup with mask, record data—Group 2

Day 8 Wednesday

  • Review of polysomnographic data
  • Understanding filters and polysomnographic electronics
  • Event scoring
  • Practical experience in the sleep laboratory (Group 1 to be patients in lab)

Day 9 Thursday

  • Understanding the sleep report
  • Review of polysomnographic data samples and reports
  • Practical experience in the sleep laboratory (Group 2 to be patients in lab)

Day 10 Friday

  • Review of some of the group1s data
  • Getting involved in sleep organizations, meetings, sleep advocacy
  • Exam review
  • Final exam
  • Course evaluation/feedback

Spend time with Respiratory Therapy students...

watch the program video

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Megan Dragonette,
Class of 2009
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Phone: 315 464-4570
Email: admiss@upstate.edu