When I started my sleep career, little did I know all the options that would become available to me. At the time, my belief was that there was the night technologist (me, who did all the work) and then there was a daytime scoring technologist (who did nothing but complain about how I did my job). When I moved into the daytime technologist role, I finally learned how much work that was. I later moved into the manager role, and I realized there were quite a few more jobs I had to cover. One of those jobs was getting patient referrals from physicians to fill the beds in the sleep center. I was told it was “marketing.”
I often start the day with great expectations. I’ll finish the syllabus for my upcoming Sleep and Dreams class. I’ll write a blog or two. I’ll put together a Case of the Month. I’ll clean out the closet that filled up with boxes when we moved last year and hasn’t been touched since then. I’ll brew up some potent coffee to stimulate my thinking. I’ll sit down in front of my computer. I’ll check the email. I’ll look at a few pictures of cats stumbling around on catnip. I’ll shuffle a few lecture slides around. I’m ready for a nap.
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The information you are about to read is new. As a matter of fact, this material is so new that many doctors are not yet aware of it. Unless they are graduating this year, physicians were taught in medical school that there are no lymphatic vessels inside the skull. Others may have assumed that there was some type of lymphatic style system in the brain but had not been taught about the definite existence of a cranial lymphatic system in humans. Much research on this issue has happened in the past five years. In fact, much has happened in the past five months.
Lisa M. Bond, RST, RPSGT, is the director of clinical services and scoring at Advanced Sleep Management LLC. AAST caught up with her for insight on the evolution of sleep services in healthcare.
During my site visiting years, I spent a considerable amount of time on planes reading accreditation applications. One thing that always puzzled me was that many centers included high and low ranges for sleep stages as a percentage of total sleep time. Despite the fact that my site visiting hit its peak in 2010, I think these numbers usually came from the 1974 opus by Williams, Karacan and Hirsch, which appears to be out of print. Patients with inadequate Stage 3 or excessive REM were branded as abnormal. But abnormal how?
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week Your media watchdog for headlines and trends relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
Murray Johns developed the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) and published his methodology in 1991. (1) He subsequently tested its reliability in a group of 104 medical students (2) and found a test-retest correlation of r = .82. For those of us who are fans of Karl Pearson and his product-moment correlation coefficient (and I know there are many fans out there), this is a very large correlation and indicates that the measure is reliable.
On September 28 – 30, the AAST 2018 Annual Meeting will bring together the community of sleep care professionals in Indianapolis. Throughout the three-day conference, attendees will learn, connect and share insights on the sleep field. AAST is proud to announce three keynote presentations and two distinguished lectures. We caught up with one of the distinguished lecturers, Teofilo Lee-Chiong, MD, to ask a few questions about himself and the topic of his lecture.