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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • What Do Sleep Techs Really Want at a Conference?

    Our inaugural Florida Society of Sleep Technologists meeting was a success. It was truly a learning experience for me and I am appreciative of the patience the attendants had with us as we worked out the kinks. But the best thing that happened during the conference actually occurred due to a ''disaster'' we could not have anticipated. One of our ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on November 10, 2011
  • Empower Patients for a Better Night

    Medical procedures make us feel out of control. In the sleep lab this is truly evident. Most patients are given minimal information about sleep disorders and about what to expect during a sleep study. This will make them feel they have very little control. Now add on top of that a machine that is supposed to help them to ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on July 20, 2011
  • The New Sleep Credential

    The ABSM has recently released the new test information. They have also released the information for RPSGTs to be grandfathered into the new credential. There are some interesting differences with this test and the BRPT's exam and not all of them are negative. In fact, I am surprised at some of the requirements added to be eligible. The ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on June 16, 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
  • Are You Prepared for Special Needs Patients?

    Have you been you left alone with adult patients who require a caregiver or have special needs? I often have patients who have some disability that requires them to have constant care. Some are from nursing homes or are receiving care at home. They are scheduled to have a sleep study and when it is time to get started the caretaker is gone. This ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on March 31, 2011
  • A Rewarding Responsibility

    When patient and tech meet for the first time, it can be an uncomfortable situation for both parties. I always take this as a personal challenge. My main goal above all else it to make the patient feel comfortable. If you can develop  a relationship and trust in a short amount of time, everything else seems to fall into place. Of course this ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on March 18, 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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