UPMC Chautauqua WCA installs new technology
JAMESTOWN — As part of its ongoing efforts to provide the latest technology and treatments available for patients, UPMC Chautauqua WCA recently installed new, powerful Natus technology that enhances sleep and neurology outcomes.
Frank Arnal, MD, FCCP, board-certified in internal medicine with sub-specialties in pulmonology, sleep medicine and critical care, and a physician member of Great Lakes Physician Practice, JAMA-GLPP, explains that one of the biggest benefits of the new technology is that the physician can review and interpret sleep studies securely anytime, anywhere remotely. “Results are fast and immediate,” said Dr. Arnal, medical director of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Sleep Center. “If there is an urgent case, I essentially have the ability to receive the study within minutes and that means faster results and rapid treatment for the patient. If patients are experiencing poor sleep, they may be at risk for more than a good night’s rest. They could possibly jeopardize their overall health. The new technology helps us expedite diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders so the sleep team can help get patients back on track and improve their overall quality of life.”
The revolutionary Natus neurology monitoring technology offers upgrades to our standard EEG acquisition system to include extended monitoring. Patient surveillance is of prime importance in seizure identification. With the new technology, patients can be monitored for extended periods of time while simultaneously completing daily activities. The brain activity is recorded and uploaded allowing the neurologist to make important interpretations on greater amounts of EEG data.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50-70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. “Sleep problems can be a nuisance, said Jennifer Wendel, RRT-SDS, RPSGT, director of respiratory, neurology and sleep center, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “Sleep disorders can have serious health implications. If you are tossing and turning all night, talk to your doctor. Our experienced team can help analyze your sleep habits, the time spent falling asleep and problems that may occur while asleep, and work out a plan that will have you resting better.”
Residents can take a free sleep evaluation test during GIRL TALK — a free community presentation that will be held on Thursday, April 13, 6 p.m., in the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Auditorium. The Sleep Center team will be on hand during the event to conduct the evaluation test and discuss sleep symptoms and treatment options.
Dr. Arnal tells us that the most common sleep conditions include sleep loss, sleep-disordered breathing, insomnia, narcolepsy, rest legs syndrome, sleep-related neurological disorders, and sleep-related medical disorders. “Sleepiness may be caused by a variety of underlying medical illnesses,” Dr. Arnal said. “Common conditions often associated with sleep problems include cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, respiratory problems, diabetes, obesity, pulmonary hypertension or uncontrolled hypertension.”
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Sleep Center, located on the third floor, at 207 Foote Ave., Jamestown, is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology, hotel-like accommodations, and enhanced sleep and neurology capabilities, including adult and pediatric exams. The center offers the complete continuum of care for sleep disorders, including evaluation, treatment plan design, patient education and follow-up care. As part of the diagnostic process, each patient receives a thorough evaluation.
A physician referral for a sleep and neurological study is required. For more information or to schedule a sleep study, contact the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Sleep Center at 716-664-8430 or visit UPMCChautauquaWCA.org.