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By: Kevin Asp on January 14th, 2016

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Join Us in The Spring to Attend "Risk Management in The Sleep Center"

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Earn up to 13 CECs and become an expert on risk management in the sleep center

It's a major understatement for us to say how excited we are about the AAST's upcoming spring course on risk management in the sleep center. 

Medical threats represent a serious risk that can lead to material disruptions in both the sleep lab and to personal tragedies. However, addressing this risk requires skills that are often outside the core competencies of the organisation. To better understand this issue, Cindy Kistner, RST, RPSGT, REEGT and Patricia Gibson, RST, RPSGT will moderate a series of lectures on how sleep centers can protect the physical integrity of their employees and act upon risk management as part of a robust business continuity planning process.

When, where and how do I register for the spring course?

The spring course will be held at the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky from March 11 to March 12. 

The advanced registration deadline for a reduced course admission price is on February 12

And as always, AAST members will have access to discounted admission prices as the following:

    On or before
2/12/2016
 After
2/12/2016
AAST Member    $275.00  $315.00 
Nonmember    $320.00  $360.00 

To register for the Spring course simply click on the button at the bottom of this article to be sent straight to our registration and course information page!

What is the course about and who are the speakers?

The course will focus on Risk Management in the Sleep Center. An expert faculty will provide guidelines for risk reduction, and being prepared to provide appropriate intervention.

Topics will include: Life Safety, Infection Control, HIPAA and Patient Confidentiality, Patient Acceptance, Documentation and Charting, Internal Audits, and Regulatory and Accreditation Requirements.

Afternoon workshops will allow attendees to actively participate in workshops developed to improve recognition of comorbidities and symptoms requiring intervention as well as appropriate interventions. Participants will also be able to identify cultural and gender sensitivities, as well as preparing for pediatric and impaired patients in the sleep center.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of the course, you'll  be prepared to:

  • Review and identify risk factors in the sleep center.
  • Assess patient acceptance criteria and accommodate patient needs to insure a safe environment
  • Distinguish risks involved and determine appropriate intervention for aggressive patients, patients with significant comorbidities, pediatric patients and infectious patients
  • Explore ways to improve documentation and communication between the physician and technologist
  • Develop a plan to review policies to insure a safe environment and meet criteria for regulatory and accreditation agencies

Some of our highlighted speakers include:
Kathryn Hansen, REEGT
Laura Linley, RST, RPSGT, CRTT (AAST President)
Rita Brooks, MEd, RST, RPSGT, REEG/EPT
Robert Turner, RPSGT, RRT

So what are you waiting for? Register for the spring course today!

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