For materials to give to patients (regarding sleep study or CPAP titration) see patient education.
Below are quick step references that enable referring physicians to read the preliminary reports. (Click thumbnails for larger image or download pdf versions for print quality.)
Quick Steps for SLEEP STUDY
If AHI greater than 30, then CPAP titration recommended (URGENT).
If AHI greater than 15, then CPAP titration recommended.
If AHI greater than 5 and daytime sleepiness, then CPAP titration recommended.
If oxygen desaturation less than 80%, then CPAP titration recommended.
If low AHI and daytime sleepiness, then MSLT recommended.
If PLM Arousal Index greater than 5, then drug therapy and follow-up sleep study.
Quick Steps for CPAP TITRATION
Effective CPAP titration should:
reduce AHI to 5 or less and, increase lowest O2 desaturation to 90% or more.
CPAP Titration table should:
enable physician to verify the efficacy of the recommended pressure by examining the patient's response to different CPAP pressures.