For some of us, it is the season of building budgets for the next fiscal year, depending on when your fiscal year begins. Whether you are new to the role of creating a budget or an old hat, I hope this primer will be helpful.
As we see some light at the end of the tunnel with the U.S. advancing the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, we also are seeing many school districts having students return to in-person or hybrid learning. The debate around what time school should start has always been a point of discussion for sleep professionals, physicians and parents.
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Sleep technologists from across the world have been redeployed in the face of COVID-19. They’ve been called on to help COVID-19 patients, to test those coming in and out of the hospital and to help disperse personal protective equipment (PPE) to other departments. For Eduardo Hernandez, BSRC, RPSGT, CCSH who works at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, the experience really opened his eyes to how valuable sleep technologists are during a crisis such as this.
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 utilize 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. The AAST has conveniently gathered a great deal of important COVID-19 information for sleep technologists that can be found on the AAST resource page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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…
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.