Sleep medicine is a fascinating and dynamic field of study. And as with any evolving field of study, it is important for professionals in the field to be aware of any new research, technologies, and procedures to remain relevant in their chosen discipline.
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Sleep medicine is a vast and expanding field of study, and as with any large field of expertise, there are quite a number of organizations, educational programs, and credentials, all with acronyms associated. All of these acronyms can get pretty confusing. Here we hope to clarify the alphabet soup that represents some of the many different organizations and credentials that abound within and surrounding the world of sleep medicine.
There is a lot of important information being gathered on how sleep studies (PSG) and Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT) are used for diagnosing sleep apnea. Dr. Charles Atwood, Associate Professor of Medicine, provides a series of short lectures discussing emerging information about the usefulness of HSATs (also known as portable monitoring) for diagnosing sleep apnea in adult patients. His presentations cover a wide range of topics including subjective and objective measurement methods, processes and outcomes for both PSG and HSAT, as well as the various sleep measures of both diagnostic tools.
The use of home sleep apnea testing (HSAT), also known as portable monitoring (PM), for the diagnosis of sleep apnea is continuing to grow as a viable option for sleep professionals. With the increased use of HSAT, certain standards of practice must be upheld and maintained to assure quality care for patients. The following two videos released by the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) show PowerPoint presentations by Richard Berry, M.D., as he discusses a variety of topics concerning home sleep apnea tests that sleep professionals and sleep technologists should know. At the end of the article, you'll also find a link to the AAST's CEC-eligible fall course module on education and implementation of HSAT technology into your sleep facility!
Sleep medicine is a fascinating and rapidly expanding field of expertise. New advances in sleep medicine, technology, and a growing public awareness into the health consequences of sleep disorders, have led to an increasing need for qualified sleep technologists.