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By: AAST Associate Editor on June 23rd, 2022

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AAST June CCSH Workshop Preview

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Debbie Guerrero Laura Linley-1AAST’s Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) Designated Education Program is designed for health professionals who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families and other health care practitioners to coordinate and manage patient care and improve outcomes. As part of the program, AAST will be hosting a CCSH workshop June 25-26 in which attendees will experience an individualized, instructor-led learning experience with robust discussions.

AAST recently spoke with Debbie Guerrero, MS, RPSGT, CCSH, RRT, (left) and Laura A. Linley, CRT, RPSGT, FAAST, (right) presenters at the June workshop. Guerrero will be presenting sessions on clinical sleep evaluations and Linley will be presenting on sessions related to sleep across the life cycle and circadian rhythms, and sleep disorders evaluations. Read about their background in sleep and what attendees can expect from their presentations in the Q&A below.

What is your background with the topic you are presenting on and why does it interest you?

Debbie Guerrero (DG): The relationship between sleep and overall health is fascinating. I am particularly interested in this topic because patients with known or suspected sleep disorders often have multiple medical issues that often cause, contribute to or complicate their sleep problems. As a clinician, my greatest satisfaction is seeing patients' health improve dramatically when their sleep disorder is accurately diagnosed and successfully managed. 

Laura A. Linley (LL): I have been working in the field of sleep medicine for over 30 years and have seen the evolution of the field and the expanded role the sleep technologist/sleep care team has in order to support the care of our sleep disorders patients. While there is still a focus on the technology side, which is rapidly changing as well, I find it exciting to see the shift to the management side of sleep with patient education, outcomes reporting and management of positive airway pressure (PAP) adherence programs.

Why is the topic you’re presenting on important to the sleep profession?

DG: It is important for sleep professionals to understand the potential impact of various medical conditions on our patients' sleep. We can better anticipate the needs of a patient with neuromuscular disease, for example, if we are aware of its impact on sleep and breathing. This knowledge allows us to provide more individualized patient education, hopefully leading to better outcomes.  

LL: Understanding the normal sleep patterns and the abnormal presentation of sleep disorders is fundamental in being able to manage a personalized care plan for patients.

What highlights do you hope attendees will take away from your session?

DG: I hope the biggest takeaway is that patients are much more than their sleep disorder. We must look at the whole patient to provide the best care possible. Focusing on outcomes and the role we play in helping patients on the road to better health is what clinical sleep health education is all about.

LL: I hope to remind attendees of the fascinating intricacies of sleep health and provide a comprehensive review of the common disorders we are identifying and managing.