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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
  • Challenged by BRPT Exam

    I mentioned before that I attended the FOCUS spring conference in Florida. My main goal for that event was to attend the sleep educator workshop presented by the BRPT. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and I did learn a lot; it was worth every penny spent.  Now, I am tasked with passing the associated exam. I ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • Hurray for FOCUS 2014

    Well, we have another FOCUS meeting behind us.  nd what a great meeting it was: action packed, star studded and uber-educational.  Hats off to everyone involved in putting this first-class event together. The meeting was held at the Coronado Springs resort at Disney World, near Orlando, Fla. It's an idyllic setting, as is ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 22, 2014
  • Can Ambien Be Linked to Murder?

    I read with some horror an article, Murder: Another Ambien Side Effect?, by John Gever in MedPage Today. Oh my goodness. I was aware of the bizarre behaviors reported with Ambien use: cooking while sleeping, having sex and not remembering... and driving while asleep. Still, I must admit this article shocked ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 8, 2014
  • Election Time

    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 is exciting as our field grows and changes.  Why am I so ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
  • Asleep During 'The Week'

    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 all, it is spreading the word and awareness for sleep ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on March 13, 2014
  • Community Service Is Necessary

    We are all in fields that need a little more representation. We are not nurses, doctors or x-ray technologists. Our fields are often misunderstood by those outside our field. As a program director for a neurodiagnostic technology program I have learned that almost no one knows what that is and that the word polysomnography is ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • Elections and Volunteers

    This is that time of year when our associations are looking for us to step up to the plate. It is the time for us to have an influence on our field and those we chose to represent us. This is the time of year when I see so many complaints and so little action that I want to scream.  I have volunteered for several years on the AAST ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on February 13, 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
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