This Week in Sleep Medicine: March 26, 2019
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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From the broadcast transcript:
Zach Merchant: "You took the Ambien that you were prescribed as prescribed?
Linda Meade: "Yes."
ZM: "You took the dosage that was prescribed?"
ZM: "You didn't drink alcohol with it?"
ZM: "You were instructed to sleep 8 hours before driving, and you slept more than 8 hours before driving?"
ZM: "You did everything you were told to do --"
ZM: "And yet you still blacked out and ended up in jail?"
Takeaway: It goes without saying: Never let a patient drive themselves home if they've taken zolpidem and are behaving unusually or seem excessively sleepy the morning after a sleep test.