Children’s Sleep Center Earns AASM Accreditation
Aug 21, 2015 01:08PM ● Published by MED Magazine
The Sleep Center at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has earned accreditation from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The AASM Standards for Accreditation ensure that Children’s Sleep Center displays and maintains proficiency in testing procedures and policies, patient safety and follow-up care, and physician and staff training. It is the gold standard by which the medical community and the public can evaluate sleep medicine services.
Under the direction of Casey Burg, M.D., a pulmonologist double-certified in pediatric pulmonology and pediatric sleep medicine, the Sleep Center offers the most comprehensive program in the region. In addition to Dr. Burg, staff members include Mark Wilson, M.D., a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist; Ivan Pavkovic, M.D., a pediatric neurologist double-certified in neurology and pediatric sleep medicine; Brett Kuhn, Ph.D., the state’s only psychologist certified in behavioral sleep medicine; Amber Widstrom, PA-C, a physician assistant specially trained in pediatric sleep medicine; 10 respiratory therapists with advanced certification in sleep medicine; and a clinic RN, coordinator and supervisor who are all specifically dedicated to pediatric sleep medicine.
Sleep is a vital need essential to a child’s growth and development, but not getting enough of it can affect mood, academic performance and general health. The Sleep Center treats children for a variety of conditions, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, snoring, and restless leg syndrome. Children are often referred to the Sleep Center by their pediatrician or other pediatric specialists. In many cases, sleep problems can be effectively managed and treated in the clinic through a combination of therapies including lifestyle and behavioral changes, medication management, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and/or surgical recommendations.
Children’s newly-accredited Sleep Center will continue to provide excellent health care and work to increase awareness of sleep as an important factor for health and quality of life for children in the region.
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