Sleep studies - MBS item (12210)

The following MBS item is included in this clinical category.

Overnight paediatric investigation, for at least 8 hours, for a patient less than 12 years of age, if: (a) the patient is referred by a medical practitioner; and (b) the necessity for the investigation is determined by a qualified paediatric sleep medicine practitioner before the investigation; and (c) there is continuous monitoring of oxygen saturation and breathing using a multi-channel polygraph, and recordings of the following are made, in accordance with current professional guidelines: (i) airflow; (ii) continuous EMG; (iii) ECG; (iv) EEG (with a minimum of 4 EEG leads or, in selected investigations, a minimum of 6 EEG leads); (v) EOG; (vi) oxygen saturation; (vii) respiratory movement of rib and abdomen (whether movement of rib is recorded separately from, or together with, movement of abdomen); (viii) measurement of carbon dioxide (either end-tidal or transcutaneous); and (d) a sleep technician, or registered nurse with sleep technology training, is in continuous attendance under the supervision of a qualified paediatric sleep medicine practitioner; and (e) polygraphic records are: (i) analysed (for assessment of sleep stage, and maturation of sleep indices, arousals, respiratory events and assessment of clinically significant alterations in heart rate and body movement) with manual scoring, or manual correction of computerised scoring in epochs of not more than 1 minute; and (ii) stored for interpretation and preparation of a report; and (f) interpretation and report are provided by a qualified paediatric sleep medicine practitioner based on reviewing the direct original recording of polygraphic data from the patient; and (g) the investigation is not provided to the patient on the same occasion that a service to which item11704, 11705, 11707, 11714, 11716, 11717, 11723 or 11735 applies is provided to the patient For each particular patient—applicable only in relation to each of the first 3 occasions the investigation is performed in any 12 month period

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