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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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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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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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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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Reasons PAP Devices Denied as ‘Not Medically Necessary'
December 5, 2013 11:23 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I want to comment on the following that I read online in SleepReview : "The top two reasons for a positive airway pressure (PAP) device being denied as not medically necessary are as follows: 1) no face-to-face clinical evaluation by the treating physician 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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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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The Latest Sleep Research
August 8, 2013 8:56 AM by Amy Reavis
We look at sleep studies and we use CPAP but how many of us actually read the new research out there? We have great new ways of marketing our labs by using this research. From the studies that associate sleep apnea with new stroke patients and recently Read More...
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The True Problem in Our Sleep Field
June 27, 2013 3:43 PM by Amy Reavis
It is amazing what I keep reading. Sometimes I feel like I am surrounded by Chicken Little saying the sky is falling. All I ever hear anymore is that the field is being taken over by OCST and the insurance companies. Then I get a test asking for the name Read More...
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