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

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CPAP | CPAP Adherance | Group Education

CPAP Group Education: A Promising Method for Improved CPAP Adherence

By: AAST Associate Editor
March 12th, 2020

As sleep professionals, we know the importance of using a CPAP device to keep our patients’ breathing consistent while they sleep. For patients with compliance difficulties, CPAP group education might be a viable option. Evidence shows improving CPAP adherence with education in a peer-to-peer environment is an effective way to engage patients. These CPAP support groups and CPAP group discussions can be extremely beneficial for both the patient and the sleep technologist.

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CPAP | sleep apnea

PAP Eliminates Apnea. Why Doesn’t It Eliminate OSAS?

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
June 6th, 2019

It’s finals week here at Cal State Long Beach, and we’re in the process of adopting a new mascot. I voted for the giraffe, a regal and noble animal with attractive coloring and a long tongue, but it came in dead last behind the pelican. The pelican? Seriously? The one with the big bag for carrying fish in its beak? The overwhelming winner was the shark; we have a world-famous shark research program here. But shark mascots are everywhere, and they all look like the “Saturday Night Live” land shark from years ago. And they have so many teeth. But I digress.

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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 Medicine | CPAP | sleep technologist | aast | sleep apnea

Monthly Musings - How Are Your DMEs?

By: AAST Editor
October 12th, 2018

Every sleep professional knows that getting the right equipment (and getting it to work right) is crucial for any patient. Sometimes the companies that make durable medical equipment (or DMEs) are extremely helpful when working with patients, while others are not. We asked some of our members to explain their relationship working with DMEs, for better or for worse.

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Sleep Disorders | CPAP | sleep technologist | heart disease | sleep apnea

Primary Care Physician vs. Sleep Specialist: Who Knows Best?

By: Kristina Weaver
February 22nd, 2018

Sleep problems can predispose individuals to many medical conditions. Conversely, medical disorders can lead to sleep disturbance. In fact, sleep disturbance represents one of the most challenging, yet exceptionally common problems faced in the primary care practice today.

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CPAP | sleep center | sleep technologist | aast | sleep apnea

Exciting Things in Store for Sleep Technology

By: AAST Editor
January 24th, 2018

As we are now into 2018, there are exciting things in store for members of AAST across the board! From programs to education to events, there will be many tools and resources at the disposal of sleep professionals going forward. We caught up with the six chairs of the various AAST committees and asked them to describe what members should be most looking forward to in the year ahead with regards to their respective committees. Here is what they told us:

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CPAP

Finally – Some Good News for CPAP Users

By: Richard Rosenberg, PhD
May 30th, 2017

Lately, the news has not been great for CPAP users and the sleep centers that care for them. The USPSTF recommended against screening of asymptomatic patients and, in doing so, threw some major shade on the use of CPAP.

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Keeping up with the Joneses: Jones Tube and Problems with CPAP

By: Brendan Duffy
January 19th, 2017

Ah… Sleep Medicine Is this a great field or what? Caution-this particular blog will provide more questions than answers... I am counting on you to fill in some of the blanks.

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Sleep Disorders | Sleep Medicine | CPAP | cpap therapy | cpap machine

What is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Therapy?

By: Kevin Asp
June 30th, 2015

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy for Sleep Apnea What is CPAP? CPAP, the abbreviation for continuous positive airway pressure therapy, is a treatment method for patients who have sleep apnea. CPAP machines use mild air pressure to keep the airways open, and are typically used by patients who have breathing problems during sleep. More specifically, what CPAP therapy helps accomplish is making sure that your airway doesn't collapse when you breathe while asleep.

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