So I guess my question is, what should I do? I am currently waiting for a second sleep study but must wait at least another month before I can get in and see a qualified tech. I was also told I must comply, at work, even though the CPAP machine makes me feel more tired than I have ever felt in my life because I am constantly hyperventillating when I wear it.
My other question is:
Is it legal for an uncertified tech to hook up leads, with no certified techs or doctor's on site, in the state of California?
And if such is the case, should a certified tech be able to affect my ability to work if an unqualified tech's lack of knowledge was not allowed to be considered, in the process, of diagnosising me?
I'm not sure what the legalities are regarding Commercial Drivers. At my lab we do get commercial driver often and do have restrictions put on them until they have screening and receive treatment. It happens frequently, but whether or not it's legal to specifically send you I don't know. Seems like every time a truck accident occurs there is blame of sleep apnea. I don't know if the DOT requires X number of people to be screened a year. Maybe it's an insurance requirement that anyone with a BMI of "X" has to be screened....I don't know.
Can you just talk to your employer and ask? "I passed my physical with no problems, so why do I have to be screened for apnea?"
You can always call the sleep lab and be asked to be put on the cancellation list. People cancel last minute all the time and they would love to be able to fill the spot. My lab has a wait time of 2 months (with 8 beds), but at least one person cancels each night. Sometimes two. We fly through the cancellation list.
You may be feeling worse with CPAP if the pressure isn't correct for you, or the mask isn't fitting properly. It will cause a host of problems that will degrade your sleep even more. How was your pressure determined? What mask are you wearing? Do you know what the leak rates are nightly?
In California, it is legal for an uncertified technician to hook you up with leads under the direct supervision (on site) of a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist. No physician needs to be present, but a diplomate of the AASM must review the raw data from your sleep study during their dictation/interpretation. (nurses aren't involved in sleep studies) The RPSGT MUST be on site during the entire recording and an RPSGT must also do the scoring of the sleep study. By the end of the year they must also be licensed in the state of California.
Even being given a diagnosis the day you woke up from the sleep study is extremely fast and extremely "sketchy." Not that it can't happen, but.......
Did they know of your time crunch and were possibly doing you a favor? We do that for people sometimes, but only if it's a reason such as yours.
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