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The latest on all issues affecting sleep technologists, including trends, insights, tips and more.

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Oh, Epworth, We Hardly Knew Ye

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
June 21st, 2018

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.

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An Interview With AAST Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Teofilo Lee-Chiong

By: AAST Editor
June 20th, 2018

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.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 19, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
June 19th, 2018

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.  

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Where Was AAST? Looking Back and Looking Forward … into the Future!

By: Rita Brooks, MEd, RPSGT, R EEG/EP T
June 14th, 2018

AAST’s absence at the 2018 SLEEP meeting in Baltimore last week has triggered numerous inquiries from the sleep community — sleep technologists, physicians and vendors. Many are wondering and asking what happened. Things were very different at this year’s meeting.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 12, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
June 12th, 2018

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.  

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Can’t Make it to a Live Course this Summer?

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
June 7th, 2018

My travel budget is limited, and I’m sure yours is as well. When I can’t make it to a meeting, I can always get the meeting to come to me through AAST’s Learning Center. I can watch and learn in the comfort of my own home. I can pause to take the dog for a walk, grab a snack from the fridge or whatever. Here are a few of my favorites from recent courses:

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: June 5, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
June 5th, 2018

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.  

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Updates from AAST’s Standards and Guidelines Committee

By: Roxanne Taylor, BA, RPSGT
May 31st, 2018

The Standards and Guidelines (SAG) Committee is progressing with our End Tidal CO2 Technical Guideline. We are proud of our work so far and hope to finalize this project very soon. Once completed, we will move on to create a Transcutaneous CO2 Monitoring Technical Guideline. Equally important, we will round out both of these projects by completing core competencies for each of them. After that, we are looking at starting a Medical Documentation Technical Guideline, followed by its associated core competency.

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 30, 2018

By: Tamara Sellman
May 30th, 2018

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.  

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Sleep Disorders

Casting a Wider Net for the Diagnosis of RBD

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
May 29th, 2018

Every healthcare professional walks into the examination room with predetermined biases regarding the patients they see. Fifty-year-old obese man? OSA, of course. Twenty-year-old woman with daytime sleepiness? Could be narcolepsy. A man comes to the sleep center with his wife and she has a black eye? REM behavior disorder (RBD) is suddenly on your radar.

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