Improving Processes in the
Sleep Lab
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Department of Neurology
Clinical Neu...
Improving Processes in the
Sleep Lab
Team Membership:
• Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
• Department of N...
Opportunity Statement and Desired Outcome
Goal: While maintaining patient and physician satisfaction,
we wanted to reduce ...
Identification of the Current Process
ADMINISTRATIVE & SCHEDULING PROCESS:
• Sleep study requested and physician approval ...
Identification of the Current Process
• All available appointments were presently being utilized
• Growing need for appoin...
Solutions Implemented
• Increase the number of sleep beds available for testing
• Begin a plan to update the present PSG e...
Results
Patient Satisfaction increased and remains EXTREMELY FAVORABLE
For survey question “Would you recommend our Sleep ...
Results
Third available patient wait times decreased from 60 (FY2002) to 25 (FY2003) to ONE day!
Third available patient w...
Results
Study volume increase from an average of 56/month to 124/month
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J A S O N D J ...
• Further improve the effectiveness of present bed use and staffing
• Marketing of Sleep Program services
• Provide sleep ...
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Improving Processes in the Sleep Lab

  1. 1. Improving Processes in the Sleep Lab Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Department of Neurology Clinical Neurodiagnostic Laboratory Center for Sleep Disorders
  2. 2. Improving Processes in the Sleep Lab Team Membership: • Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine • Department of Neurology • Clinical Neurodiagnostic Laboratory • Center for Sleep Disorders
  3. 3. Opportunity Statement and Desired Outcome Goal: While maintaining patient and physician satisfaction, we wanted to reduce the 3rd available appointment wait time and also increase the number of sleep studies performed Our sleep lab began to experience an increase in wait times for routine sleep studies and patients requiring a sleep study should receive one within two weeks (internal standard) from the sleep physician’s approval. In order to provide the best service to those patients requiring a sleep study, it was necessary for us to identify ways to expedite the appointment process.
  4. 4. Identification of the Current Process ADMINISTRATIVE & SCHEDULING PROCESS: • Sleep study requested and physician approval received • Patient contacted and appointment scheduled into IDX • Appointment letter is mailed to the patient • Paperwork arranged for the sleep physician and PSG technologists STUDY PERFORMANCE: • Patient arrival and performance of the study • Completed study reviewed and preliminary scoring performed PSG REPORT PROCESS: • Physician finalizes the study and performs dictation • Report is transcribed and reviewed/signed by the physician
  5. 5. Identification of the Current Process • All available appointments were presently being utilized • Growing need for appointments indicated a need for more patient slots/beds to meet demand • Increase in patient volume would necessitated infrastructure changes (new equipment), protocol and new process’. • Increase in patient volume necessitated additional staff and (technical and administrative) • Increase in volume necessitated further physician availability
  6. 6. Solutions Implemented • Increase the number of sleep beds available for testing • Begin a plan to update the present PSG equipment • Recruit and train additional PSG technical staff • Restructure technical staffing – create a four-step career ladder to stabilize and retain staff • With IT, begin to network the lab and allow “off-site” performance, archiving/securing of data • Develop an intradepartmental program for educating residents and fellows across service lines • Obtain sleep lab accreditation (AASM)
  7. 7. Results Patient Satisfaction increased and remains EXTREMELY FAVORABLE For survey question “Would you recommend our Sleep lab to someone?” 20042003 20052002
  8. 8. Results Third available patient wait times decreased from 60 (FY2002) to 25 (FY2003) to ONE day! Third available patient wait times decreased from 60 (FY2002) to 25 (FY2003) to ONE day.
  9. 9. Results Study volume increase from an average of 56/month to 124/month 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 #ofStudies J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Sleep Study Volume
  10. 10. • Further improve the effectiveness of present bed use and staffing • Marketing of Sleep Program services • Provide sleep disease/disorder education internally and externally • Continue to develop LUHS interdepartmental relationships Conclusions and Next Steps While we are currently meeting the needs for appointment availability, the Sleep Program has a number of goals for the coming year: • Expand sleep lab services to a 12-bed facility • Expand CME-related experiences • Develop outreach sessions for patients and families • Expansion of sleep clinics and better integration with the sleep lab Beyond 2005:

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