I think it is safe to say that many questions that won't get answered by your sleep tech or sleep doc might actually be answered here. It's a good place to be. But that does not mean you should let them off the hook; I would continually pester them with every question you can think of. You are the patient, after all.
01-27-2015, 09:19 PM
(This post was last modified: 01-27-2015, 09:22 PM by me50.)
There isn't much that the tech can or is supposed to tell you except how the sleep study works and what you need to do if you need to get up to pee, when you can expect the results, etc. I took my own pillows, blanket, water, something to read to help me fall asleep and a sleep aid just in case.
It is like when you go for a test your doc ordered, as an example, if you have to get a lung x-ray. The tech cannot tell you anything they see because they are not trained and qualified, according the medical practice laws, to read an x-ray. They probably can see unusual things as well as a radiologist but they are not allowed to tell a patient anything.
You don't say why you are having another sleep study so I am not sure what else to suggest to you other than try to sleep as much as you can. If you wake up, don't get up unless you absolutely have to and don't read, etc. Try to go right back to sleep. The rest and probably most of what I said you already know about if you have already had a sleep study. If not, you are in for a real treat.
A good sleep tech stays awake and monitors you. Watching you SaO2 levels. They have cameras in the room; so be good!
It's for your protect; and so the tech can know if you're up. They can change pressures and monitor from outside the room; but may come in to try a different mask. If your SaO2 falls too low, O2 will be induced into the CPAP flow.
You won't get it tomorrow morning -- but do ask for the titration report.
When I got mine, I wondered why they picked the pressure they did.
Mine was a split-night study and they were running out of time.
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I don't have any questions you should ask but good luck with the titration, I hope it goes well for you.