SLCH Sleep Center Receives Prestigious Accreditation
In May, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) designated the Pediatric Sleep Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) as an accredited sleep disorder center. According to the AASM, achieving this accreditation demonstrates a center’s commitment to ensuring patients receive the highest level of care through quality services and longitudinal management of their sleep disorders.
“It is important to note that our accreditation is as a sleep disorder center, not just as a sleep laboratory,” says James Kemp, MD, SLCH pediatric pulmonologist and professor of pediatrics. Dr. Kemp and Kelvin Yamada, MD, SLCH pediatric neurologist, serve as co-directors of the Pediatric Sleep Center. “That means we not only have state-of-the-art testing and diagnostic capabilities, but also the expertise in-house to provide patients with comprehensive therapeutic options.”
In addition to Drs. Kemp and Yamada and David Molter, MD, Washington University pediatric otolaryngologist, the Pediatric Sleep Center’s team of consulting physicians includes representatives from allergy, genetics, psychology and plastic surgery. Among the conditions treated are central apnea, central alveolar hypoventilation, obstructive apnea syndrome, chronic respiratory failure, narcolepsy, restless leg/periodic limb movements, and rhythmic movement disorders. Behavioral sleep issues are addressed by SLCH psychologists Suzanne Thompson, PhD, and Kasey Davis, PhD.
“Our center opened in 1993, so we have well-established lines of referral throughout the hospital,” says Dr. Kemp. “This familiarity is strengthened through joint continuing education in-service training that provides us all with a broader base of knowledge about sleep disorders.”
To attain accreditation, the center’s staff members spent a year reviewing and revising standards, practices, policies and procedures to ensure they were in line with the gold standard of care set by the AASM.
“Ensuring standards were met for both the pediatric and adult population was a process that involved the entire sleep team,” says Claudia Cleveland, RRT, RPSGT, sleep lab coordinator. “Our patients range in age from neonates to young adults. Children 13 and older are evaluated using adult standards, which meant our policies, procedures and standards had to encompass both adults and pediatrics. Even though some adult sleep tests are not done in children of any age, we needed to ensure we had the documentation available showing we had the capabilities and knowledge to perform those tests.”
Dr. Kemp sees the five-year accreditation as an acknowledgement of the high standards that have guided the Sleep Center for the past 20 years.
“As an entity within the Children’s Hospital and Washington University systems, we always strive to provide services commensurate with what is recognized as the gold standard of care,” he says. “Now the country’s premier sleep medicine professional organization has recognized those efforts.”
To refer a patient to the sleep center, contact Children's Direct at 800.678.HELP (4357).