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  • New Equipment Brings New Anxiety

    Finally we were able to purchase new equipment for the lab that I have been dreaming about! I am expecting installation to begin next week and training the week after.  The prep work on our end -- checking the existing cabling and wiring connections for compatibility with the new system -- has been going on for a couple of weeks ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 23, 2013
  • The Best Time to Plan Is Now

    It's still early in the year, and things move a bit slower. I find this is the best time for me to look over what worked and did not work over the last year and to plan a course of action moving forward. This year is particularly important as the economy has changed how we do business. As I look at the changes in the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on February 7, 2013
  • Time for a Change in Work Scheduling

    NURSES BURN OUT ON LONG SHIFTS!! Well surprise, surprise, surprise, and to quote one of my favorite malcontent Disney characters, Diego, ''I am not surprised, I am so not surprised, I think I am going to die from not surprise!'' This article under this headline laments the long 12-hour shifts nurses must work and how dissatisfied they become ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on November 21, 2012
  • In the Middle of Patient And Referral Source Disagreements

    I received a phone call the other day from a patient who wanted a new CPAP machine. His was 10-years-old and knew he needed a new one. I told him to talk to his primary care doctor. The patient called me back and said that his doctor sent him to a pulmonologist who he did not want to see. He asked if my medical director could follow him ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on June 14, 2012
  • How Do Sleep Labs Handle Bad Publicity?

    In the news this week, a pediatric sleep tech was accused of inappropriate contact with two underage children. The news channels jumped all over his role as a night-time tech who sets up children for studies, even though the alleged contact did not happen at work and he had no criminal record when he was hired five years ago. Whether ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 2, 2012
  • Time to Review Your Sleep Policies and Procedures

    Once a year I try to do two things. I review and update our policy and procedure manual to meet the new needs of our facility and I do technician evaluations so if there is any new education that needs to be done I can plan for the education during our monthly meetings. Policies and procedures are essential for any good sleep lab. These are the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on January 5, 2012
  • Recommended Reading for a New Manager

    I believe that all great leaders are constantly learning and growing. I also believe that there are two great ways to do this. Read and Listen. I read every night as part of my night time ritual. I also attempt to listen to books on tape whenever I can. This is what shapes me as a leader and as a therapist. The ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 18, 2011
  • Personalized Care Improves Outcomes, Grows Business

    I had an experience getting some prescriptions filled: The technician was working with me to get a discount card to work that I could not use at another pharmacy. It turned out that the other pharmacy just did not know to make a phone call required to activate the card. It cost them a customer. The extra 10 minutes this person ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 26, 2011
  • Evaluate Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

    The beginning of the year is usually the slow time of the year. The patients do not want to pay their yearly deductible and many people are recovering from the holidays. I find this is the best time for me to look over what worked and did not work over the last year and to plan for the next year. This year is particularly important ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on January 20, 2011
  • Educating Future Sleep Managers

    The other day I had to work part of a night shift with two of my technicians. We had a patient that may have needed a little extra care, and I felt that another person might help to run the study better. When I got home, I posted on Facebook how impressed I was with the technicians I worked with. They really understand that they're on the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on November 8, 2010
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