The new Virtual Patient Monitoring module series from AAST is a timely education series which supports the change in practices we are seeing in managing our sleep disordered patients and sleep wellness. I am pleased to be able to share a brief overview of the importance of a remote patient monitoring and coaching program, the topic of the first module in the series.
It is a standard in medicine to use clinical pathways that support the use of evidence-based medicine and clinical guidelines. These pathways improve clinical effectiveness as well as multidisciplinary communication and teamwork that support continuity of care across the clinical disciplines, which is exactly where the clinical sleep health educator (CCSH) can support patient care effectively. I'm excited to introduce module five of the AAST Enhanced CCSH Designated Education Program Recorded Modules which outlines the important role that clinical evaluation plays in managing sleep disordered patients, especially those with complex medical conditions.
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Staffing during this pandemic has created challenges for many sleep centers. We have been challenged to not only implement enhanced infection control strategies and patient health screening but also have been tasked to staff our sleep centers appropriately to provide ideal social distancing. This has resulted in spreading out staff over the week and leaving beds closed rather than having staff work together in some instances. The consequence of this is having more staff working alone, making them more vulnerable to possible workplace violence. It is that safety concern I will be addressing in this article.
On Aug. 8, 2018, Carecentrix released its criteria for determining the medical necessity for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing in adults and children. I wanted to take this opportunity to review their guideline for home sleep apnea testing (HSAT).
Attention sleep technologists: Your role in the sleep center is about to expand. Market dynamics that are creating new pressures to respond to changes in the delivery in sleep medicine today are twofold.