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  • Sleep Defeat

    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 use it. My most recent example was in the lab just this weekend. The techs ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on January 16, 2014
  • How to Educate about Studying

    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 same time. It works with my students who are aged 17+ years and they have ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on September 19, 2013
  • Are You an Apnea Tech or a Sleep Tech?

    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 but I have learned when teaching about sleep that hygiene, parasomnias and ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 22, 2013
  • Sleep Apnea Patient Care Needs Improvement

    I am concerned and frustrated this week. I keep hoping to find that magical sweet spot between DME's and patients. Our city has about 10 different DME companies and as you might expect, service can vary greatly. It can be a challenge to understand exactly what takes place at the DME. I know the patient is given RX for therapy and usually a copy ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 16, 2012
  • Why CPAP Therapy is Failing

    There is a huge failure rate for CPAP therapy; some would even say it is as high as 50 percent. That number is being used by insurance companies, home sleep testing companies, and people who do not believe in sleep apnea to prove that we are testing too many people and spending too much money. But we're not. The failure rate results from our ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on February 1, 2012
  • Non-Compliance 'R' Us

    NON-COMPLIANT: Failure or refusal to comply, or in the medical community it can be the degree to which a person follows medical advice.  Is it just me, or are we sleep magnets for/to the non-compliant?  I had a person today make me laugh out loud.  We called her to schedule a repeat titration study and she refused the appointment ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 25, 2011
  • It IS Possible to Get a Good Night's Sleep

    I attended another health fair today. I typically am involved in about 6 or so per year. Health fairs, for me at least, take on their own personality or theme. This one today for example had a lot of healthy people in attendance. A big employer for our state and just really nice people to be around ... so why am I sitting here so ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on July 14, 2011
  • Why Don't People Listen?

    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 patient and leave my husband's deafness out of the loop. Case in point: I call ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on April 21, 2011
  • Tailor Talk to Improve Outcomes

    We all know that the preferred method of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is CPAP therapy.  Unfortunately convincing our patients of this can be anything but easy. With the increasing demands to do more with less reimbursements, it behooves us to think outside the box to motivate people with obstructive sleep apnea to comply with ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on February 10, 2011
  • Sleep Techs Need to Understand How Insurance Works

    Many sleep technicians don't know how insurance works. They don't understand what insurances cover and which insurances need authorizations before giving equipment or performing tests. To them, this is an issue just for the billing office and the scheduling desk. I have found that the more I understand about our field and the way we are paid, the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 15, 2010
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