Aeroflow Healthcare offers a variety of sleep tests that can be done in your very own home. Whenever a doctor orders this test, we will call to confirm what test it is. All of these tests come with explicit instructions, but sometimes properly putting on the device can be confusing.
One of our most common tests is called an Overnight Pulse Oximetry. This test measures blood oxygen levels and pulse rate with a finger probe device. The finger probe simply needs to be slipped over your index or middle finger on your non-dominant hand. We provide a small amount of medical tape, which should be used to wrap the probe’s wire against your wrist. This will help secure the probe throughout the night. The unit attached by this wire is battery powered, and is most commonly placed in the pocket of pajamas. This test can indicate whether nocturnal oxygen and CPAP therapy is working effectively, or indicate whether or not folks who are not on any type of respiratory therapies need further study.
We also offer sleep studies which can be utilized to diagnose sleep apnea. Our Apnealink test is our most commonly dispensed study that measures blood oxygen levels as well as your AHI or Apnea Hypopnea Index. This test uses a finger probe just like the Overnight Pulse Oximetry as well as a central Apnealink Plus unit that straps to your chest with a Velcro belt. This can be worn over pajamas to prevent discomfort and should be strapped into a comfortable position, typically over the sternum. This central unit also connects to nasal cannulas which sit inside the nose and are secured by straps that loop behind the ears.
For further assistance, Aeroflow Healthcare has representatives available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have regarding our sleep studies. These tests are sent out at your doctor’s request and should be completed as soon as they are received so that we may return the results. If you have further questions about wearing your sleep study, do not hesitate to give us a call.