New Center Focuses on Care for Adult and Pediatric Patients
Saint Agnes Hospital announced today the opening of a completely renovated and expanded facility for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders among adults and children as young as age three. The hospital’s new Sleep Center features four adult rooms, allowing patients to be monitored as they rest in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere, as well as one pediatric room, with a designated rest area for parents. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), it is only one of two hospitals in Baltimore that offer pediatric sleep center studies.
Saint Agnes’ decision to expand its sleep center services results from an increased demand and need for sleep services, from patients of all ages. Research shows that between 50 and 70 million people suffer from chronic sleep disorders, and that statistic is growing.
“We are realizing how much sleep affects our health and daily lives,” said Kala Davis-McDonald, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital. “With treatment of sleep disorders both adults and children can feel more alert and focused.”
According to Davis-McDonald, the most commonly diagnosed sleep disorder for both adults and children is obstructive sleep apnea, which causes breathing to stop or become very shallow as a person sleeps. When this happens, oxygen levels drop and can result in long-term health challenges, such as heart disease, chronic fatigue and memory problems. In many cases, the best treatment protocol for this condition is for a patient to sleep using a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP), which transmits air into the nose through use of a mask. For children who suffer sleep disorders, another common treatment protocol involves removal of tonsils and adenoids, which can block airways.
Saint Agnes’ Sleep Center closely monitors overnight patients for an accurate sleep diagnosis using the most advanced EEG equipment and sleep testing software that monitors brain wave patterns, heart rate, oxygen levels, and excessive movements throughout the sleep cycle.
Update as of 09/01/12: Since Saint Agnes’ new sleep center opened, a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was released about the diagnosis and management of children with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. The study recommends sleep center treatment for children (and adults) suffering from inexplicable disorders. To read more: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/08/22/peds.2012-1671
About Saint Agnes Hospital
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 314-bed hospital currently undergoing a $200+ million expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Md. and is a full service teaching hospital with residency programs in a number of medical and surgical specialties. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute, Cardiovascular Institute, Maryland Metabolic Institute, Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Women’s & Children’s Health Institute. Saint Agnes pioneered the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services.