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This abbreviation stands for “obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome.” This term may appear on a prescription, but it does not clearly indicate the doctor’s expectations or the test to be performed to obtain a diagnosis of sleep apnea. A simplified test (e.g. cardiorespiratory polygraph) can be performed at home, while a comprehensive test (e.g. complete polysomnography) can be performed in the laboratory. Our client relations centre can be contacted to validate your prescription and, if necessary, a clarification can be made with your doctor.

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Hot zone

A hot zone is a section of a facility (sometimes an entire facility or even a city district) where there is a high risk of contamination by patients with an infectious disease. All individuals entering a hot zone must respect appropriate protective measures. By analogy, “cold zone” and “warm zone” are used to refer to areas where there is no infected individual or only individuals suspected of having an infection.