This Week in Sleep Medicine: July 9, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
Your media watchdog for headlines and trends
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
From the article: “In a move that reflects a growing acceptance of transgender individuals in the U.S., the American College of Physicians on Monday issued its first guidelines on caring for transgender patients.”
Takeaway: This is a welcomed progression in the field of healthcare; don't be surprised if you find a new learning module from your hospital or clinic focused on the topic of practicing sensitivity in caring for trans patients.
Neck Grasp Predicts Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
HINDAWI: SLEEP DISORDERS
July 1, 2019
From the research study: “Participants were screened using Easy Sleep Apnea Predictor (ESAP), STOP-Bang questionnaire, and Berlin questionnaire. A positive ESAP was defined as a 1cm gap when a patient encircled their hands around the neck. All subjects underwent in-laboratory PSG testing.”
Takeaway: ESAP may be the simplest way yet to screen for undiagnosed sleep apnea in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
SLEEP HYGIENE WATCH
From the article: “On July 1, the City of Austin entered into uncharted territory as changes to the city’s no sit/lie, no camping and panhandling ordinances went into effect. Starting Monday, homeless people will be able to camp on city sidewalks. That means it is now legal for people who are homeless to set up camps or sleep on public sidewalks, but you can not block the sidewalk, and you can’t be a public health or safety hazard. The changes were designed to decriminalize homelessness, but some people have been worrying they’ll lead to 'tent cities' popping up all over town. ”
Takeaway: This is a legal nightmare all across the country, not just in Austin. But a bigger nightmare might be the fact that so many people in this country have no safe place to sleep at all.
While Your Were Sleeping will be on a break next week, but will return on July 23, 2019.