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  • Difficult Patients in the Sleep Lab

    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.  I come from a nursing background and so I can usually handle whatever comes through the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 21, 2014
  • Mask Fit Savvy

    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 out to the big bad world of DMEs.  Part of the life of a day tech ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 7, 2014
  • Ultimate responsibility?

    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.  His doctor orders a new sleep study since it's been 5 years. Said sleep ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 1, 2014
  • Do As I Say, Not As I Do

    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 I chat with my fellow techs all the time. It amazes me how bad our ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on February 6, 2014
  • Why a Sleep Study?

    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 think this is what normal is. One of the men I work with is a typical ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on December 12, 2013
  • Sleep Educators Course

    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 a motivated group of people open to learning new skills, the role of ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 3, 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
  • Whatever Happened to HIPAA?

    I share this story because I think the questions it raises are important. My husband had spinal surgery about three months ago. This brought up several issues including those with discharge planning, customer service and the fact that I am grateful I have a healthcare background. But what has happened in the last ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on July 11, 2013
  • Our Role in Spotting the Cause

    It is interesting that we talk so much about OSA and yet we do not mention the other disorders we find so frequently. Our education should be well rounded because we need the knowledge to spot the unusual during a sleep study. Many doctors only look for the obvious. Nocturnal asthma is an issue that is relatively easy to recognize when ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 31, 2013
  • A Salute to Nurse Friends

    It's Nurses Week and I felt it appropriate to honor some of the special people  I've known throughout my career in health care. I must say that I have worked with some of the best nurses on the face of the earth. No, they have not received an extraordinary reward other the gratitude of those they cared for, and they are ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 9, 2013
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