Employee Profiles: Steve Collins, Registered Polysomnographic Technologist
Steve Collins is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist who works for UW Medical Foundation in the Wisconsin Sleep Center.
Steve's position involves setting up patients for an overnight sleep study, introducing them to treatment options for sleep apnea and intervening with therapy when indicated during the night. Wisconsin Sleep is a state-of-the-art, 16-bed sleep center with a wonderful control room with eight work stations. Wisconsin Sleep is currently the only lab in the world that does 256-lead EEG recording routinely on sleep patients and they will eventually be doing more high-density electroencephalography.
Steve's interest in sleep is a result of doing overnight pulse oximetry studies as a respiratory therapist, setting home users up on CPAP while hospitalized. It also stemmed from the interaction he had over the years with the sleep staff at the UW Hospital. His role is to make the patient feel comfortable possible and try to give them the best night's sleep possible with almost 30 devices attached to them. As a frontline employee of UW Medical Foundation, his role as a patient educator is important as well.
Steve has had the opportunity to meet with people from all walks of life and a wide range of ages. He has worked with a 6-day-old infant and a 92-year-old patient. Steve says, "One patient with severe apnea told a doctor in clinic that I 'saved his life.'"
Another adult patient with severe sleep apnea said, "That's the best night's sleep I've had since I was an infant."
Which brings Steve to what he feels is the best part of his job - working with the "great people here at Wisconsin Sleep." He has learned so much, not only from those that have worked in the field for a while, but those just coming out of school.
Steve chose UW Medical Foundation and the Wisconsin Sleep Center because he wanted to continue working in sleep medicine and the opportunity to be involved in an exciting new endeavor. Having worked as a Respiratory Therapist for eight years at UW Hospital and Clinics and seven years as a sleep technician at the UW Hospital and Clinics, Steve wanted to stay within the UW Health system.
He says, "We have access to some of the best sleep specialists in the world, right here in Madison, Wisconsin."