Scoring Sleep Studies
||Scoring Sleep Studies
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Define what is meant by “scoring” sleep studies.
- Identify what changes were made in the new 2008 scoring “rules”
- Identify the differences of manual and auto-scoring.
- Identify what is meant by “Polysomnographic Interpretation”.
- Define what is meant by “REM Scoring Subtleties”.
- List the definitions of sleep-related respiratory events.
- Outline the new AASM Scoring Guideline Requirements.
The implementation of new rules for scoring and summarizing sleep recordings has finally arrived and marks one of the most important milestones in the history of sleep medicine. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine published the first comprehensive and standardized scoring rules for sleep recordings in 2007. The AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events: Rules, Terminology, and Technical Specifications is the result of years of deliberations and research among colleagues and industry concerning standardization of practices and technology in the field of sleep medicine. The final development of the new scoring manual includes changes in sleep stage terminology, technical specifications for recording and data management, and the standardized scoring of sleep. Since the publication of the AASM scoring manual, sleep disorders centers, physicians and sleep technologists have been preparing to comply with the new rules that became effective for all accredited sleep disorders centers on July 1, 2008. Understanding the changes and the use of new technology for sleep recordings presents a challenge for many technologists as well as sleep physicians.