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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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Challenged by BRPT Exam
July 10, 2014 11:34 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I mentioned before that I attended the FOCUS spring conference in Florida. My main goal for that event was to attend the sleep educator workshop presented by the BRPT. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and I did learn a lot; it was worth every Read More...
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Expanding Sleep Resources
June 19, 2014 10:08 AM by Penny Mehaffey
There are a lot of good resources available to us today that even 10 years ago we did not have. I encourage you to read the various e-magazines and periodicals and keep up with what's happening in sleep. There is constantly new and exciting research being Read More...
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Hurray for FOCUS 2014
May 22, 2014 12:32 PM by Penny Mehaffey
Well, we have another FOCUS meeting behind us. nd what a great meeting it was: action packed, star studded and uber-educational. Hats off to everyone involved in putting this first-class event together. The meeting was held at the Coronado Springs resort Read More...
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Can Ambien Be Linked to Murder?
May 8, 2014 9:42 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I read with some horror an article, Murder: Another Ambien Side Effect? , by John Gever in MedPage Today . Oh my goodness. I was aware of the bizarre behaviors reported with Ambien use: cooking while sleeping, having sex and not remembering... and driving Read More...
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Election Time
April 3, 2014 12:04 PM by Amy Reavis
I am excited to see the elections this year. There are many new people on the ballot and the desire to bring new blood into the AAST and for more people to be involved is very exciting. I have also seen more people volunteering for committees. This again Read More...
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Asleep During 'The Week'
March 13, 2014 12:26 PM by Penny Mehaffey
We just concluded Sleep Awareness week 2014. I am ashamed to say that I completely forgot about it this year. This year I was too distracted and was not even aware until the last day. But I will make up for it next week by hosting a belated event. After Read More...
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Community Service Is Necessary
February 27, 2014 9:20 AM by Amy Reavis
We are all in fields that need a little more representation. We are not nurses, doctors or x-ray technologists. Our fields are often misunderstood by those outside our field. As a program director for a neurodiagnostic technology program I have learned Read More...
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Elections and Volunteers
February 13, 2014 10:15 AM by Amy Reavis
This is that time of year when our associations are looking for us to step up to the plate. It is the time for us to have an influence on our field and those we chose to represent us. This is the time of year when I see so many complaints and so little 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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Another Opportunity for Sleep Field Growth
January 9, 2014 10:09 AM by Amy Reavis
I read an interesting article about how the Affordable Care Act will be covering weight loss coaching as part of the mandatory coverage starting in 2014. The article goes on to talk about the fact that physicians will not be able to do this counseling Read More...
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Resolve to Improve Sleep Field
January 2, 2014 10:47 AM by Penny Mehaffey
It's a cold rainy day here in Georgia. In fact it's downright dreary. Yet I must confess that I love this weather. It's perfect for self reflection, studying and making resolutions. I make several new resolutions every year, or more accurately I update Read More...
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The Best Blogs Make You Think
December 26, 2013 9:20 AM by Amy Reavis
Those who read my blog know I am an avid reader. I read books and I read articles but the best things I read are blogs by other people I admire. Why do I do this? One, they are short -- usually between 300 and 500 words. Two, they give me something that Read More...
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