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.
Lean manufacturing originated in Japan, where Toyota developed the Toyota Production System as a way to organize its manufacturing and logistics. Since then, many other organizations have adopted the Toyota Way, including sleep centers. While those who work in sleep centers aren’t making cars, the concepts are applicable and useful.
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I’m sure you read the title and wondered “What does Snapchat have to do with filling beds in a sleep center?” Bunny ears and limb leads? Location filters and 10-20 paste? I hope this article will help connect the two.
Sleep spindles are an information processing and transferring feature of the sleeping brain. With that in mind, AAST gathered together leading sleep-care professionals to discuss hot topics in the field — transferring information from them to you. AAST board member Allen Boone, RPSGT, RST, CCRA, CCRC, hosts this four-part video series. In our second installment, we have an interview with fellow board members Julie DeWitte, RST, RPSGT, RCP, and Laree J. Fordyce, RST, RPSGT, CCSH, on the topic of why CPAP adherence is so critical.
Jessica Schmidt, RPSGT, CCSH, FACHE, is presenting the breakout session "The Field of Sleep Medicine in the Context of the American Healthcare Landscape” at the AAST 2018 Annual Meeting, Sept. 28-30, 2018, in Indianapolis. We caught up with Schmidt to discuss her background and the future of sleep medicine.
Sleep spindles are an information processing and transferring feature of the sleeping brain. With that in mind, AAST gathered together leading sleep-care professionals to discuss hot topics in the field — transferring information from them to you. AAST board member Allen Boone, RPSGT, RST, CCRA, CCRC, hosts this four-part video series, starting with an interview with fellow board members Julie DeWitte, RST, RPSGT, RCP, and Kristina Weaver, EMPT-P, RPSGT, on the topic of primary care physicians versus sleep specialists.
When I started my sleep career, little did I know all the options that would become available to me. At the time, my belief was that there was the night technologist (me, who did all the work) and then there was a daytime scoring technologist (who did nothing but complain about how I did my job). When I moved into the daytime technologist role, I finally learned how much work that was. I later moved into the manager role, and I realized there were quite a few more jobs I had to cover. One of those jobs was getting patient referrals from physicians to fill the beds in the sleep center. I was told it was “marketing.”
Lisa M. Bond, RST, RPSGT, is the director of clinical services and scoring at Advanced Sleep Management LLC. AAST caught up with her for insight on the evolution of sleep services in healthcare.
I recently had a chance to sit down with Michael Coleman, BA, RPSGT, RST, Inspire Medical Systems, to discuss his career, the evolution of sleep devices, and the future of sleep medicine.
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: