Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can pay-per-study
outsourcing be the solution for my lab?
A: Absolutely. Consider how much you spend
on not only slary for the scoring but incidental
costs, unemployment insurance, workman's comp
insurance, utilities, benefits, etc, etc. Take
a look at a recent article in Advance for Respiratory
Care & Sleep Medicine magazine HERE.
Q: What is included in your basic
A: Our scoring includes staging, scoring, technical
report customized to your specifications plus
a narrative-type report that closely mirrors
what you might find as part of a typical medical
impression. We also go above and beyond typical
scoring service to offer personal assistance
(most nights) to your night staff for equipment
or artifact issues as well as a 'second opinion'
on difficult or unusual psgs or cpap titrations.
Q: Do we need to keep/find our
A: With our basic scoring, yes. But with our
full service you'd have no need for a sleep specialist,
scoring and reading computers, dictation, transcription
or anything other than your night tech and the
raw study data. This is especially helpful for
new or prospective labs. All you'd need is a
patient, sleep system, night tech and a fax machine!
Q: Do you work with our nighttime
A: We are available most nights as late as 4am
for consultation with your night staff.
This can eliminate many late night calls to the lab manager and/or medical staff.
Q: How does remote scoring work?
A: Simple. Your tech uploads the raw study typically
during morning cleanup and the reports are
faxed back to lab. With our full service the
technical reports and physician interpretation
are faxed (or emailed) back to the lab.
Q: What is the turnaround time?
A: This depends on your needs. Many labs require
the week's studies back by the following monday
morning, but 24-72hr turnaround is not a problem.
For patients with specific needs or next-day follow-ups
we're able to return a study within hours.
Q: How does SLS add levels of quality to our lab?
A: A high quality study benefits everyone so we
work closely with your staff to eliminate artifact
technical issues as well as offer live help during
difficult psgs or titrations. Upon request we're
happy to offer a review of staff. Often it's difficult
for a manager or medical director to form these
opinions, but a skilled scoring RPSGT can recognize
excellence (or lack thereof) in your nighttime
Q: How do we get started?
A: Just go to our
contact page and send us an email, we'll get
back to you quickly and can
any/all questions you may have. If you use
Respironics Alice Sleepware, we'd be able
to score studies within minutes of your initial
contact. For other systems, we'd just need
a few days to aquire, install and familiarize
ourselves with your software (they are all