Johnson County Hospital receives national accreditation for Sleep Lab

Jul 27, 2017News

Johnson County Hospital is excited to announce that its sleep lab is now nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). Earning ACHC accreditation indicates that JCH has met or exceeded the standards of quality that are required by the federal government for all sleep labs/centers, regardless of size. This accreditation also allows JCH to provide services to Medicare patients.

“This is a service we need to provide for our community. Without this our patients would potentially have to travel out of town for a sleep study,” stated Respiratory Therapist Janice Gerdes.

The recommended amount of sleep for an adult is 7 hours or more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount. Lack of sleep is tied to an increased risk for many chronic diseases including; diabetes, obesity, depression, stroke and heart disease.

Drowsy driving is also a major problem in the United States. Driving drowsy usually happens when a driver has not gotten enough sleep, but it can also be caused by medication, alcohol or an untreated sleep disorder. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that between 2005 and 2009 drowsy driving was responsible for an annual average of 83,000 crashes. According to the CDC, individuals who sleep less than 6 hours per day or who snore are more likely to fall asleep while driving.

Getting enough sleep is a key component to good health. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea can interrupt sleep and increase the risk to a person’s health. However, sleep disorders can be treated.

A patient may visit the doctor because he or she is tired after a full night’s sleep; snores; is a restless sleeper; or has memory issues. This may be indication that a sleep study should be done. Your doctor can order a sleep study at JCH’s newly accredited sleep lab.

Johnson County Hospital’s Respiratory Therapists Janice Gerdes and Krystal Jenkins and Health Information Management Director Connie Henderson worked together to prepare for the onsite survey for accreditation. During the survey the inspector from ACHC reviewed JCH policies and procedures, compliance program, patients’ rights, various patient records, infection control standards and safety policies for patients and staff. Matt Banks of Rural Sleep Solutions, JCH’s contracted service for sleep studies, was also a part of the survey.
During the exit portion of the survey the ACHC inspector spoke very highly of Johnson County Hospital’s staff and facility. Accreditation became official on June 1, 2017. JCH will participate in surveys every three years to maintain accreditation.

“The accreditation process required a lot of time and effort on our part,” said Gerdes. “A couple months ago Krystal and I started reviewing, researching, and developing our policies and procedures. Some days we were able to devote more time than others because we had to do our usual routine of treatments, pulmonary rehab, pulmonary function testing, and pulmonary clinics. It took a lot of work to become ACHC accredited but we are very happy to be able to provide this service at JCH. Sleep disorders can be easily treated if properly diagnosed. If you have any questions or concerns talk to your doctor or respiratory therapy staff at JCH. Our goal is to help everyone improve their health through education. And Keep Breathing.”