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COPD in the Sleep Lab
August 28, 2014 10:50 AM by Penny Mehaffey
We had a COPD patient in the lab this week. This is not an unusual occurrence, but it was an exclamation point for me, given that CMS adds COPD to the list of targeted and tracked diseases this October. I thought our patient was a prime example of why Read More...
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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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Sleep Study 101
May 29, 2014 9:59 AM by Penny Mehaffey
There's a conversation going on in LinkedIn revolving around this question: Does a sleep study require a doctor's order? It's been an interesting feed to follow. You would think that this is a no-brainer, right? It's a medical test, so it requires a physician's 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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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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Review, Review, Review!
March 20, 2014 8:33 AM by Amy Reavis
The one thing I can tell you as I teach is how much reviewing the rules is important. I have recently taught scoring and titration. As I am going through the curriculum it is always helpful to remember that reviewing the rules makes me a stronger technologist. 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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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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When It's Icy in Georgia
January 30, 2014 11:37 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I'm blogging today about the weather. It is the big story here in the Garden City where I am. The lab closed Tuesday and Wednesday nights due to snow and ice. We had originally planned to remain open for testing but as the weather worsened Tuesday afternoon, Read More...
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Embracing -- and Surviving -- Home Sleep Studies
November 7, 2013 9:21 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I concur! I read a blog by Matt Kaplan on the SLEEP SCHOLAR web site this week that I found gratifying. His lab has conducted over 5,000 home sleep tests recently and he has a seasoned insight into the dos and don'ts of home testing. I have to say it Read More...
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A Call to Arms
October 17, 2013 10:58 AM by Amy Reavis
The AAST has called us to arms. Our future is banging on the door and we do need to embrace it. Many of us saw the handwriting on the wall and have attended the sleep educators coarse with the desire to earn a new credential. Why do we want this new credential? Read More...
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Thankful for Our Sleep Techs
October 10, 2013 10:07 AM by Penny Mehaffey
It's official, Sleep Tech Appreciation Week 2013 is here! Yay! I really do enjoy this particular time of the year. I appreciate the opportunity to take some time out to recognize my co-workers for the wonderful job they do. I think it's important that 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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Surprise!
September 5, 2013 9:17 AM by Amy Reavis
The AASM announced what the techs have been saying all along: It is too time consuming to score a study twice, once for the AASM and once for CMS. The AASM changed the hypopnea scoring rules from 4% to 3% desaturation when they came out with the new scoring Read More...
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Home Sleep Testing
August 15, 2013 10:31 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I wanted to pick your collective brains about home sleep testing. Our lab is recently accredited for OOCT testing. The jury is still out for me on some issues. I like the convenience it affords patients, but I don't like being mandated to go that route. Read More...
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