Time to Review Your Sleep Policies and Procedures
Once a year I try to do two things. I review and update our policy and procedure manual to meet the new needs of our facility and I do technician evaluations so if there is any new education that needs to be done I can plan for the education during our monthly meetings.
Policies and procedures are essential for any good sleep lab. These are the backbone of every good facility, not just a piece of paper the accreditation companies require us to have. As we change we should update these. I had a friend who is adding HST to her facility and so I shared my P&P with her. If she sees anything that she thinks may need changing I am open to new or better ways to do something.
I also need to change how we do our quality assurance and so that policy should be changed to keep up with these changes for the year. I am fortunate that one of the speakers at the FAST conference gave such great reference material to use for it.
It is also fortunate that this is the slow season so I can take the time needed to rework what must be done. I can come in at night and observe my technicians and see their techniques. I have learned so much from watching others and sometime I may have an idea or two for them to be more efficient.
This is the beginning of the year. Take the time to take a fresh look at your policies, please share any good ideas you might have. That is how we can become the strong field we need to be.