Information for Health Care Providers
Our sleep labs provide the following diagnostic services for pediatric and adult patients:
- Overnight diagnostic polysomnography screening for a full range of sleep disorders
- Overnight therapeutic CPAP and BiPAP studies Overnight therapeutic
- Adaptive Servo-ventilator studies Daytime Maintenance of Wakefulness tests (MWT) and Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT)
- Specialized services include full seizure montage and end-tidal CO2 monitoring
All referrals for sleep studies are triaged by the Sleep Medicine Specialist and healthcare team prior to patient booking. If your office is paperless and you would like more information about obtaining an electronic copy for your programs form library, please contact us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Test your patient’s level of sleepiness:
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used to determine the level of daytime sleepiness.
Referrals for sleep studies can be made by a physician, nurse practitioner or midwife. In order to be referred to the facility, a physician, nurse practitioner or midwife currently responsible for the care of the patient must initiate the referral using the steps below. Self-referrals are not permitted. Referrals are accepted by either fax or mail using the provided sleep laboratory referral forms. The referral form for sleep studies consists of three sections and it is important that all sections are full complete. Incomplete referrals will be returned to your office for completion before we are able to book an appointment.
Section A: Patient Information The name, address, phone number(s), date of birth, and Health Card Number (HCN) of the patient to be referred to the facility must be completed.
Section B: Physician Information The names of the requesting, referring, and family physicians, including the requesting physician’s OHIP Billing Number are to be completed in full. The requesting physician must provide a signature and date the request.
Section C: Reason(s) For Referral/Pertinent Medical History Please provide as much information as possible in this section of the referral form. This information includes a diagnosis, pertinent medical history, symptoms leading to referral, current medications, surgical history, CPAP or supplemental oxygen use, and any additional information that may be essential in assessing and providing the correct sleep study for the patient.
Scheduling and Patient Follow-up
We will contact the patient directly to inform them of their appointment date and time. Patients are scheduled based upon the severity of their symptoms and the referring physician must declare the relative level or urgency assigned to the referral. Please note that patients will be charged for missed appointments if they fail to give 48 hours cancellation notice.
Unless indicated otherwise on the referral, all patients will be scheduled for a consultation with the sleep specialist following their diagnostic sleep study. Routine patients will see the Sleep Medicine Specialist within 2-3 months for an appointment following their study. Our healthcare team reviews the results of all sleep studies within 4 weeks of the study date and urgent patients will be triaged. In all cases, we strive to adhere to current practice standards for sleep medicine in Canada.
Click here to see the current Canadian guidelines published by the Canadian Thoracic Society. Final sleep study reports will be faxed to your office. If you have not received a final report within 4 weeks of the sleep study, please feel free to contact us.
Continuing Education and Sleep Education
Our team of Sleep Medicine Specialists and health care professionals are committed to educating and promoting healthy sleep! We have participated in various continuing education and sleep information sessions. These include:
Presentations at Health Fairs and various community group organizations
Information sessions to physicians and staff regarding the importance of recognizing sleep disorder symptoms in their practices Workshops with specific and general patient populations regarding healthy sleep habits and the importance of healthy sleep. We are happy to work with you to further support the educational development of you, your staff or your patients as it relates to healthy sleep. If you would like more information, please email us at email@example.com
Interested in providing your patients with more information on sleep? We have information available for speaking engagements, patient appointments or even for your waiting room. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request copies of the topic that interests you for your patients.
Sleep Medicine Specialist and Health Care Professional Resources
PHYSICIAN SURVEY Questionnaire regarding your experience with our facilities
EPWORTH TEST Standard sleepiness test
CANADIAN THORACIC SOCIETY GUIDELINES Diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing CMA Driver’s Guide Determining Medical Fitness to Operate Motor Vehicles
CMA GUIDE TO SLEEP DISORDERS Sleep Medicine Specialists guide for determining medical fitness to operate a motor vehicle
NORMATIVE DATA Normative Data on Sleep for Adults and Children