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The latest on all issues affecting sleep technologists, including trends, insights, tips and more.

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obstructive sleep apnea | COVID-19

Sleep and Sleep Apnea in the COVID19 Era

By: Robert Ledda, MD
June 11th, 2020

As a sleep technologist, you likely know COVID-19 has disrupted many people's lives, and can cause a dilemma for individuals struggling with sleep apnea. In the COVID-19 era, sleep is more important than ever for your patient’s physical and mental health and their immune systems. Here, and through his YouTube channel, Dr. Bob Ledda, M.D., a health and wellness physician at Community Health & Wellness Center, shows there is scientific evidence pointing to the association between metabolic diseases and poor sleep. Dr, Bob, who is a partner at Cenegenics® Alaska, talks about the physiology and long-standing medical consequences of sleep apnea, what the various treatment options are, and what supplements he suggests that scientific studies have shown to improve sleep. 

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COVID-19 | reopening sleep centers/clinics

Reopening of Sleep Centers/Clinics: Sleep Technologist Considerations

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
June 5th, 2020

As public health professionals make the determination it's safe to see patients and there are more relaxed stay-at-home restrictions, sleep technologist practices should strategically plan on how and when it's best to reopen. They should take recommended guidance from relevant prominent authorities, such as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Medical Association (AMA), on how to safely reopen their facilities. 

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AAST CCSH Workshop

Save the Date: AAST 2020 CCSH Workshop

Designed for health professionals who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families and other healthcare practitioners to coordinate and manage patient care and improve outcomes

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sleep center | safety | COVID-19

Compliance Corner: Return to Work Safety Plan

By: Laura A. Linley, CRTT, RPSGT, RST, FAAST
May 27th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unwelcome challenges overnight, leaving the healthcare industry floundering in a sea of change; it seems that every service line now must assess, pivot and adopt safety procedures aimed at reducing the risk of care. My goal for this compliance corner is to highlight the resources and standards required to develop an enhanced and ongoing safety plan for your sleep center.

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COVID-19 | healthcare

Sleep Technologist Designs “Ear Savers” to Help Ease Pain of Masks for Healthcare Workers

By: AAST Coordinator
May 21st, 2020

Krystal Rowan, RPSGT, was on Facebook when she saw a post from a friend. She called them “ear savers,” devices designed on a Cricut machine to secure the loopholes of a PPE mask behind the head as opposed to behind the ears. Rowan, who also had a Cricut, jumped into action.

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COVID-19

Pandemic Dreams or COVID-19 Nightmares? (Social Isolation, Stress, and Sleep Hygiene)

By: Brendan Duffy
April 16th, 2020

  “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality."- Jonas Salk.. Discoverer of the Polio vaccine Dr. Jonas Salk spoke of good dreams in his famous quote above.  Unfortunately, as we wait for a vaccine for COVID-19, many people are experiencing dreams of a different type…

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COVID-19

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Sleep Centers: Risks, Precautions, and Recommendations

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 25th, 2020

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting individuals in the U.S. and across the globe. Anxiety and fear surrounding it can cause strong emotions and can be overwhelming. Because they're at the forefront where they can be exposed to the virus, healthcare workers, including sleep clinicians, are among those who are experiencing stress and uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

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