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Adventures in Sleep

Co-workers Inspire Praise
October 6, 2011 9:40 AM by Penny Mehaffey
It's sleep tech appreciation week and in that spirit I'd like to dedicate this blog to the wonderful group of sleep techs I work with. They are a mixed bag of personalities like I have come to suspect is the deal at a lot of sleep labs. But a more dedicated Read More...
Tricks for Working with Kids
September 22, 2011 8:06 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Crying and screaming and biting and kicking, oh my, in the sleep lab? It seems we've had a bit of a difficult streak with the youngest of our patients. For some reason these things always seem to run in streaks. Children in the sleep lab demand a totally Read More...
Day or Night, Bad Sleep Is Bad Sleep
September 15, 2011 7:45 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I am the day technologist and as you know that would include in my duties performing the MSLTs. MSLTs like anything else, can become somewhat routine once you've done a few hundred of them. Recently in the lab I had a teenager for MSLT. I always enjoy Read More...
The Joy of Trying Out New Sleep Equipment
September 8, 2011 8:46 AM by Amy Reavis
Okay I admit it there are some things that just make me happy. Usually it is little things like a patient that tells me how great a tech is... or teaching my son to be a sleep tech(okay, so I would rather he be an engineer)... or playing with new sleep Read More...
Tactics for CPAP During Hot Months
July 28, 2011 9:28 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Hello... is there anybody still out there? Or have you all dehydrated and shriveled up? Can you believe how hot it is? I read the temperatures and I know they must be true, but still I just have a hard time wrapping my head around those triple digits. Read More...
Empower Patients for a Better Night
July 20, 2011 1:05 PM by Amy Reavis
Medical procedures make us feel out of control. In the sleep lab this is truly evident. Most patients are given minimal information about sleep disorders and about what to expect during a sleep study. This will make them feel they have very little control. Read More...
Best Attire for Sleep Techs?
June 23, 2011 9:23 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Thinking this week about work attire. What's appropriate and what's not? I have to say that in my years as a health care provider I have seen some pretty badly dressed staff, including those ladies who wore only white from head to toe. We've come a long Read More...
The New Sleep Credential
June 16, 2011 9:36 AM by Amy Reavis
The ABSM has recently released the new test information. They have also released the information for RPSGTs to be grandfathered into the new credential . There are some interesting differences with this test and the BRPT's exam and not all of them are Read More...
Patient Excuses for Not Wearing CPAP
June 9, 2011 8:14 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Excuses excuses, man they are everywhere. I myself poured out a barrel full when I was late with this blog. SORRY! But nothing takes the cake so much as the excuses we hear in the health care profession from patients who don't comply with the advice of Read More...
Mental Illness and Sleep Disorders
June 2, 2011 9:43 AM by Amy Reavis
When we deal with patients we try to accommodate all their needs to the best of our ability. Unfortunately it is difficult to deal with issues that patients do not tell us about. The issue may be there, but perhaps the patient does not feel that it is Read More...
Personalized Care Improves Outcomes, Grows Business
May 26, 2011 8:51 AM by Amy Reavis
I had an experience getting some prescriptions filled: The technician was working with me to get a discount card to work that I could not use at another pharmacy. It turned out that the other pharmacy just did not know to make a phone call required to Read More...
Practice What You Preach
April 28, 2011 8:39 AM by Amy Wilson
Every morning before bidding my patients farewell, I hand them a booklet, pamphlet, or sheet of paper highlighting the rules they should follow to have better sleep. I like to call them the "Do's and Don'ts of Sleep." You know, DO keep your room dark Read More...
Why Don't People Listen?
April 21, 2011 9:04 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I've been plagued this month by people who seemingly aren't listening to a word I say. Now admittedly sometimes what I have to say may not be worth hearing ... but that is not always the case. And for the purposes of this blog, we will stick with a sleep Read More...
Are You Prepared for Special Needs Patients?
March 31, 2011 8:00 AM by Amy Wilson
Have you been you left alone with adult patients who require a caregiver or have special needs? I often have patients who have some disability that requires them to have constant care. Some are from nursing homes or are receiving care at home. They are Read More...
The Good, The Bad, and The Just Plain Weird
March 24, 2011 9:09 AM by Amy Reavis
I have been doing sleep and respiratory for a long time. In fact, I usually say dinosaurs roamed when I started. I remember rolling H cylinders into patients' rooms and using Bird ventilators in the ER. When I learned sleep I was taught how to do 12 channel Read More...


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    Adventures in Sleep
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