Best practices for dealing with the deaf patient in the sleep center Throughout your time working as a sleep technologist you will run into many different types of patients, each with their own special needs. Sometimes those needs are challenging; but with a little direction and a few tips you can successfully navigate any issue and provide quality patient care for all of your patients.
How can I become an AAST board member? Why is volunteering for the AAST worth it? Most boards seek from within for candidates to hold positions. They look for volunteers with such attributes as time management, knowledge of topic, and ability to work as part of a team. This is fairly universal and I can speak to its validity in volunteer entities outside of the Sleep Medicine field in non-profit boards. Most boards choose their members from their committee members. Committee members who participate and lead or work well as part of the team are sought to fill board vacancies.
What does it take to not be just a good technologist, but the best sleep technologist? When we think about the exceptional technologists we have met in our careers, a lot of things come to mind: knowledgeable; engaged; generous; a team player, but also a leader; produces quality work; has high standards; is adaptable, efficient; and able to communicate effectively just to name a few. So what exactly does that all mean? How do you become someone like that? And what ties it all together?
Sleep technologists are very familiar with obstructive apneas, central apneas, and mixed apneas. Many technologists also believe they know how to identify hypopneas and break those hypopneas apart into what Medicare recognizes as the definition of/criteria for a hypopnea and what other entities recognize as the definition of/criteria for a hypopnea.
Charting is one of the most basic and important aspects of patient care Unfortunately charting is also one of the most often slighted duties technologists perform. By slighted I mean that charting is frequently deemed unimportant, and therefore overlooked, done poorly, inaccurately or even not done at all. Importantly, charting is a vital part of any health care provider's job including the physician, the nurse, and even you, the sleep technnologist. Charting says a lot about the patient, true, but it also says a lot about you as a technnologist when it comes to content, depth, and accuracy. A professional will work to make sure that their charting is accurate and complete as they know their charting is a reflection of themselves as a professional. Here is everything you need to know about charting for sleep technologists: