People who suffer from what they suspect to be a sleep disorder often have a hard time pinpointing the exact condition that’s keeping them up at night.
One of the most popular diagnostic tests is to have patients undergo an overnight pulse oximetry test screening, which can provide the crucial data needed to determine whether a patent suffers from sleep apnea or other common sleep disorders.
This simple test evaluates blood oxygen levels and can be done at home. Unlike other diagnostic methods used to detect sleep apnea, oximetry is so simple that there’s little chance the patient will make a mistake in using the device.
This can be seen in the technologically sophisticated but surprisingly simple Nonin WristOx 2, Model 3150, the most advanced wrist-worn pulse oximeter available, and can be used for cardio-ambulatory monitoring, remote wireless monitoring and overnight studies. Patients simply wear the device like a wristwatch, then connect the easy-fit sensor to the end of their index finger.
Capable of storing 1,080 hours of memory, the WristOx 2 measures the pulse rate and SPO2 values at various sampling rates. For more efficient diagnosis, the unit can securely transfer data via Bluetooth to nVISION Data Management Software to generate a full report from the data collected by the oximeter.
Versatile, simple and comfortable, the WristOx 2 is an essential piece of equipment for any office or practice that regularly deals with patients suffering from sleep disorders.
CPT Code 94762: Overnight Oximetry, Noninvasive ear or pulse oximetry for oxygen saturation; by continuous overnight monitoring (separate procedure) hold a $24.72 national Average reimbursement. Overnight, Patient Hookup, tests for less than 5 minutes.