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What you need to know about RPSGT recertification

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
January 5th, 2016

For many sleep technologists, now is the time to act on the RPSGT recertification process!  We've recently published a letter from the BRPT president Daniel Lane announcing that it's recertification time for many folks. So we wanted to take it a step further and answer many of the common questions we get about the recertification process.

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Scoring Obstructive Hypopnea vs. Central Hypopnea

By: Lisa Bond
December 30th, 2015

Sleep technologists are very familiar with obstructive apneas, central apneas, and mixed apneas. Many technologists also believe they know how to identify hypopneas and break those hypopneas apart into what Medicare recognizes as the definition of/criteria for a hypopnea and what other entities recognize as the definition of/criteria for a hypopnea.

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Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT): A Resource for Sleep Technologists

By: Kevin Phillips
December 21st, 2015

The use of home sleep apnea testing (HSAT), also known as portable monitoring (PM), for the diagnosis of sleep apnea is continuing to grow as a viable option for sleep professionals. With the increased use of HSAT, certain standards of practice must be upheld and maintained to assure quality care for patients. The following two videos released by the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) show PowerPoint presentations by Richard Berry, M.D., as he discusses a variety of topics concerning home sleep apnea tests that sleep professionals and sleep technologists should know. At the end of the article, you'll also find a link to the AAST's CEC-eligible fall course module on education and implementation of HSAT technology into your sleep facility!

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Learn about Behavioral Comorbidities And Monitoring Outcomes

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
August 18th, 2015

AAST Fall Course in Branson, Missouri October 9-10, 2015 Meet Rich Rosenberg, PhD, who will discuss how to monitor adherence and outcomes and how to examine behavioral comorbidties for sleep-related breathing disorders. Get to know Dr. Rosenberg, Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Long Beach. Rich Rosenberg was a student of Allan Rechtschaffen at the University of Chicago and received his PhD in 1980.  He started the Evanston Hospital Sleep Disorders Center and was a member of the Departments of Neurology and Psychology of Northwestern University. He served on the AASM Board of Directors from 1999 – 2003, and was Director of Professional Education and Training at the AASM. He is Chief Executive Officer of Rosenberg Sleep Consulting and Educational Consultant for the AAST. He teaches in the Departments of Psychology and Human Development, California State University, Long Beach.

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Learn COPD, Overlap Syndrome And Treatment For Hypoventilation

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
August 14th, 2015

AAST Fall Course in Branson, Missouri October 9-10, 2015 Meet Emerson Kerr, RRT, RPSGT, who will define and address how to deal with COPD and overlap syndrome in our patients. Get to know Emerson, Senior Field Marketing Manager for Philips Respironics Emerson Kerr is a senior field marketing manager for Philips Respironics overseeing the Eastern United States region. A registered respiratory therapist and polysomnographic technologist, he has 20 years of clinical experience in sleep and respiratory medicine. Since joining the company in 2001, Emerson has held a number of sales and training positions focused on building processes and programs to achieve better clinical, operational and financial outcomes in sleep and respiratory disease management.  Emerson is a past chairman and board member of the Alabama Association of Sleep Professionals. He has also served on the board of directors of the Alabama Society for Respiratory Care and has been a guest lecturer at the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology. Emerson holds a bachelor’s degree in cardiorespiratory sciences from the University of South Alabama.

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(E-Book Download) Sleep Seizures and Epilepsy: The Night Thief

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
July 23rd, 2015

The relationship between epilepsy and sleep disorders is often misunderstood This article originally appeared in the December 2009 version of A2Zzz. However, this article still serves as a practical resource for those who want to understand the complex phenomenon of sleep seizures.

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Top 10 Most Common CPAP Mask Problems and Discomfort (& How to Solve Them)

By: Rita Brooks
July 6th, 2015

For patients with sleep apnea, CPAP therapy is a great treatment option to ease the most troubling symptoms of this disorder. In our previous blog post, we explained how CPAP therapy works. But what are some of the most common complaints associated with this form of treatment? Current research estimates that the compliance rate for CPAP (how many people use CPAP more than a few months) is approximately 60 percent. One explanation for this may be that many users struggle to make treatment with a CPAP mask comfortable. But there are actually easy fixes to these problems that help boost compliance rates among your patients. Here are the top 10 ways to solve common complaints you may hear from a CPAP patient and the most effective solutions for them.

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5 Historical Figures with Sleep Disorders

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
July 3rd, 2015

Did You Know One of Our Founding Fathers Had Insomnia? Not surprisingly, sleep disorders were a prevalent problem even among some of history's most influential figures. Here's a list of historical figures with sleep disorders who could have benefitted from the help of a sleep technologist with a time machine.

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BiPAP™ (Bilevel positive airway pressure) or CPAP Therapy?

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
July 1st, 2015

If you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your sleep physician has probably prescribed you with one of several types of PAP therapy for your sleeping disorder to help treat your symptoms. But which one works best for you? In our previous blog posts, we defined and discussed CPAP therapy and APAP therapy. But what about bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP)?  How are these modalities different from each other?

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What is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Therapy?

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
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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