Clinical Atlas of Polysomnography PDF
The branch of Sleep Medicine came into existence approximately 70 years ago when many physicians who had a keen interest in this area developed themselves as somnologists. Initially, Sleep Medicine was focused towards research; however, as happens in science, with evolution of knowledge, pathological conditions related to sleep (i.e., sleep-disorders) were also recognized. With this advancement of knowledge, the practice and scope of Sleep Medicine extended from bench-side to clinics. Polysomnography has always been a useful tool for understanding physiological and pathological aspects of sleep. In the past 30 years, sleep laboratories have become places not only for research but also for providing clinical care. The person in command in any sleep laboratory is often a sleep technologist who records and scores the data. He is expected to understand not only the machine and the software that he handles but also to possess at least basic knowledge regarding electrophysiological, technological, clinical, and therapeutic aspects of sleep science. Recording of data is of paramount importance and, thus, training and certification programs were developed for sleep technologists. Well-structured training programs for sleep technologists also helped to establish a minimum standard of care for patients, as trained sleep technologists must cross the established benchmark of expected knowledge and skills in this area.
However, in many parts ofthe globe, structured training programs for sleep technologists are not available. In those geographical areas, despite the need felt by sleep physicians, sleep laboratories are difficult to be established and run in the absence of trained sleep technologists. This present book is an attempt to fill that void and to provide information that a sleep technologist must possess.