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Katy’s Only Hospital-Based Sleep Center Receives AASM and TJC Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted February 3, 2011

The CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Sleep Center received its official accreditation on November 18 from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the national accrediting body and gold standard for sleep disorders centers and laboratories for sleep related breathing problems. The AASM Standards for Accreditation ensure the highest quality of care is delivered to sleep disorder patients, and accreditation is earned upon demonstrated compliance in the several areas including:

  • Personnel
  • Patient Policies
  • Facility & Equipment
  • Data Acquisition, Scoring & Reporting
  • Patient Records
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Quality Assurance

“This accreditation reaffirms the hospital’s commitment to bringing rest and wellness to the Katy community,” says Jacqueline Johnson, RPSGT, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Clinical Coordinator for the Sleep Center. “Our study and treatment teams deserve such recognition and we’re thrilled to celebrate them.”

The Sleep Center also was accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), the United States’ oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, which evaluates health care organizations and inspires them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

The CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Sleep Center in Katy assesses patients’ habits and body functions during sleep, such as electrical activity of the brain, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rate, respiratory effort and blood oxygen levels. Clinic staffers monitor the patient’s sleep cycles throughout the night and recommend treatment according to the study results.

The sleep center is designed to simulate a private, home-like atmosphere to give patients a natural sleeping environment and enable clinicians to get a more accurate reading on patient tests. Rooms are completely furnished with queen-size beds, nightstands, temperature control, ceiling fans, cable television, bathrooms and closets.

“We truly have a state of the art facility designed with our patients’ comfort and ease in mind,” Dr. Salazar said. “It’s important to create a peaceful environment so that we can get better readings to accurately record sleep abnormalities we observe and effectively evaluate the severity of the patient’s sleep condition.”

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