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 Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Narcolepsy,
Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders.

THE SLEEP SITE

SLEEP APNEA:
KEYS TO ITS EFFICIENT DETECTION.


Osler observed that patients will often tell physicians what is wrong with them, if they will simply listen. Such is nearly true in sleep medicine, but not quite--for one must listen particularly to others who have observed the patient in
wakefulness and sleep.

Sleep is the one state in which we cannot know what befalls us.
Furthermore, many patients cannot reliably judge when they are asleep or awake!

The dilemma?

--Obtaining those crucial observations, when patients are all the more likely to come to their appointments alone...and when we as physicians have diminishing time to devote to the care for each patient.

The solutions.

--Maintenance of a high index of suspicion...focussing upon common indicators, as outlined in the case vignette, and in the summaries of clues and associated conditions that followed.

--Creation of an enhanced awareness of sleep apnea and other sleep-related illnesses among your staff, your patients, their family members and their employers. To do so may save lives and health.

Explore and encourage them to explore The Sleep Site--or download copies for their review.
The Sleep Site has as its primary URL:

The Sleep Site.
[http://www.thesleepsite.com]

--Use of screening questionnaires on a routine basis, whenever the possibility of a significant problem exists.

Insist that both are completed: Questionnaire I by the patient, and Questionnaire II by the spouse, bedpartner, family member or friend who has had an opportunity to observe the patient's sleep and levels of alertness. (Click to download)

A guide tø the interpretation of completed questionnaires is found within The Sleep Site. The differential diagnosis and/or significance of both patient and observer responses can be accessed by simply entering them on the following pages of The Sleep Site:

For Questionnaire II:
go to http://members.tripod.com/~sleephealth/3q2.html

Or, if preferred, contact us at (614) 443-7800 or by e mail to request free postage-paid screening questionnaires. The completed screening questionnaires can be forwarded directly to us by your office or the patient for review at no charge. We will mail a summary of our impressions after that review both to yourself and to your patient.

--Obtain additional information and assistance when necessary to resolve the problems of your individual patients:

 

OUR PATIENTS SPEND NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF THEIR LIVES IN SLEEP.

IT IS NOT FOR US TO CHOOSE TO PROTECT THEIR HEALTH
ONLY DURING THE OTHER TWO-THIRDS OF THEIR LIVES.


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COLUMBUS COMMUNITY HEALTH
REGIONAL SLEEP DISORDERS CENTER
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Robert W. Clark, M.D., Medical Director
1430 South High Street
Columbus OH 43207

Tel: [614] 443-7800

Fax: [614] 443-6960

e-mail: flamenco@netexp.net

 © Copyright 2006 Robert W. Clark M.D. Inc.