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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Call to Arms

    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? Who told us this would be the next step and the best idea? The ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 17, 2013
  • Thankful for Our Sleep Techs

    It's official, Sleep Tech Appreciation Week 2013 is here! Yay! I really do enjoy this particular time of the year. I appreciate the opportunity to take some time out to recognize my co-workers for the wonderful job they do. I think it's important that they know they are valued -- not just this week, but all year long. If your lab ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 10, 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
  • The Latest Sleep Research

    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 performed ablations to the research on changes in EEG associated with ADHD, there is always ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 8, 2013
  • The True Problem in Our Sleep Field

    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 of a good tech that is registered and can score because a lab has an ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on June 27, 2013