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Difficult Patients in the Sleep Lab
August 21, 2014 11:15 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Difficult patients in the sleep lab are no surprise, nor are they a new phenomenon. What is new is the frequency with which they are showing up. Sometimes it feels as if the doctors are in a contest to see who can refer in the most difficult patient. Read More...
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Mask Fit Savvy
August 7, 2014 11:56 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I wish, oh how I wish, that my lab dispensed our own CPAP equipment. And not so much the CPAP machines but the masks. We do as much as we can by giving the patient the mask they are titrated with, but that's as far as it goes. Once they leave us, it's Read More...
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Ultimate responsibility?
August 1, 2014 8:52 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Problem: A patient was diagnosed with sleep apnea 5 years ago and has been treated with CPAP since. At his office visit this year he complains of poor sleep and a return of symptoms of OSA. He has gained 60 pounds and has other lung problems as well. Read More...
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Independence Day
July 3, 2014 10:36 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I hope you all have a safe and fun time as our nation celebrates another birthday. I'd like to suggest that we take time to think of freedom as it relates to our health today. We have open access to doctors in our country and readily available medications, Read More...
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Acclimating to a CPAP Mask
May 1, 2014 10:39 AM by Penny Mehaffey
There is a good discussion going on this week on the LINKED-IN network. It was started by an AlaskaSleep Clinic blogger and is titled "How Can I get used to this CPAP Mask?" This topic remains continually relevant because acceptance and/or success with Read More...
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Alternatives to CPAP
March 6, 2014 4:49 PM by Penny Mehaffey
All of my experience in sleep having come from the sleep lab, I do not have any hands-on experience with oral appliances. I have done a few sleep studies with appliances in place but that is the extent of my exposure. I am comfortable supporting the oral Read More...
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Do As I Say, Not As I Do
February 6, 2014 10:38 AM by Amy Reavis
I do not know about you but I used to hear, "Do as I say, not as I do," all the time from my parents. I know that as sleep techs we are not perfect, but we really should follow our own advice. I have worked in labs, I have sent students out to labs and Read More...
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Sleep Defeat
January 16, 2014 9:34 AM by Penny Mehaffey
What do you say? Should we ever admit defeat with sleep patients? Is it just me or does it seem that men in their 80s are particularly harder to coach and titrate? They tend to fight CPAP and usually come with a library of reasons they can't or won't Read More...
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Why a Sleep Study?
December 12, 2013 10:01 AM by Amy Reavis
We need to encourage our patients. This is especially true this time of year when holidays are foremost in people's minds. So why do we need to treat sleep apnea? There are so many reasons, but most people do not realize they have symptoms -- they just Read More...
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Sleep Educators Course
October 3, 2013 8:54 AM by Amy Reavis
I have to admit that the BRPT has really stepped up to create the next step of growth in our field. It is an impressive sight, when a conference room is overfilled and there are 300 eager people learning about the extended role of the educator. This was Read More...
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How to Educate about Studying
September 19, 2013 9:16 AM by Amy Reavis
At the beginning of the school year the one thing that everyone is looking for is new study skills. Students want to know the latest trick to get better grades. So I did a little research and have figured out how to add value and encourage sleep at the Read More...
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Are You an Apnea Tech or a Sleep Tech?
August 22, 2013 8:48 AM by Amy Reavis
Our job is to work with people with multiple disorders and to help educate them about the need for sleep and how sleep apnea affects the body. But are we really only teaching about apnea? I would tend to say no. Our audience in the lab may be limited Read More...
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Whatever Happened to HIPAA?
July 11, 2013 9:26 AM by Amy Reavis
I share this story because I think the questions it raises are important. My husband had spinal surgery about three months ago. This brought up several issues including those with discharge planning, customer service and the fact that I am grateful I Read More...
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Our Role in Spotting the Cause
May 31, 2013 9:01 AM by Amy Reavis
It is interesting that we talk so much about OSA and yet we do not mention the other disorders we find so frequently. Our education should be well rounded because we need the knowledge to spot the unusual during a sleep study. Many doctors only look for Read More...
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A Salute to Nurse Friends
May 9, 2013 8:59 AM by Penny Mehaffey
It's Nurses Week and I felt it appropriate to honor some of the special people I've known throughout my career in health care. I must say that I have worked with some of the best nurses on the face of the earth. No, they have not received an extraordinary Read More...
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