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By: Tamara Sellman on February 21st, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 21, 2017

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CULTURE WATCH

"Face Their Fears
COMMUNICATE HEALTH
February 16, 2017

From the website: “Many public health communication materials are developed because studies have identified a serious health problem or risk. ...But the truth is, ...data don’t always tell the whole story. And that can lead to a disconnect between what public health agencies say — and what people need to hear.”

Takeaway: There's real skill to discussing sleep disorders with a patient who is afraid of what a diagnosis might mean for them. This article reminds us: it's not just the "fear factor" of untreated sleep disorders we should focus on, but their fear of "the sleep apnea machine," a sleeping pill prescription, or other unknown factor.

INDUSTRY WATCH

"Updated AASM Scoring Manual (v2.4) with new calibration rules to be released April 1
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE
February 20, 2017

From the website: “All AASM-accredited sleep facilities will be required to implement the new rules in Version 2.4 by Oct. 1, 2017.”

Takeaway: Just when you think you have the scoring manual memorized...

TREND WATCH

"CPAP Store USA to Expand Nationwide
SLEEP REVIEW
February 15, 2017

From the website:CPAP Store USA, franchisors in the sleep supplies and medical products industry, is expanding its network.

Takeaway: Coming to a strip mall near you?

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

"It’s Not Just Pre-Bed Screen Time that Causes Sleep Loss
AMERICAN SLEEP ASSOCIATION
February 20, 2017

From the website:Several studies have shown that screen time before bed can interrupt sleep patterns; however, recent research shows that even without television, laptops, or other electronic gadgets, people are getting less sleep than recommended by sleep experts.

Takeaway: Sleep quantity is only part of the picture; having a routine and a schedule may still be a more important factor for overall sleep health.

PHARMA WATCH

"New guideline provides clinical recommendations for specific insomnia drugs
MEDICAL XPRESS
February 15, 2017

From the website: “A new clinical practice guideline is the first from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to provide comprehensive, evidence-based analyses of individual agents commonly used in the treatment of chronic insomnia disorder.”

Takeaway: Insomnia definitions, diagnostics, and treatments continue to be refined; good foundational information for both sleep technologists and clinical sleep health educators. 

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

"AAA report shows casual driving attitudes may cause higher fatality rates
IDAHO STATE JOURNAL
February 15, 2017

From the website: “Experts report that 35 percent of Americans fall short of the recommended seven hours of daily sleep. According to a recent AAA study, drivers who sleep four to five hours instead of the recommended seven quadruple their risk of being in a crash. That’s the same as driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit in all 50 states.”

Takeaway: Drowsy driving is a form of impaired driving that many people (including shift workers) do not consider a major threat, but the trends in drowsy driving seem to suggest that people still don't know how easy it is to experience a microsleep in a microsecond and fall asleep at the wheel. 

LEGISLATION WATCH

"$5.5 million HIPAA settlement shines light on the importance of audit controls
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
January 16, 2017

From the website:The login credentials of a former employee of an affiliated physician’s office had been used to access the ePHI maintained by MHS on a daily basis without detection from April 2011 to April 2012, affecting 80,000 individuals.

Takeaway: More information about that big HIPAA lawsuit plus some great links at the end of this article for doing more research on privacy law, audits, and civil rights concerns for patients. 


BIO:  Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also Web Consultant for the American Sleep Apnea Association, writes MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz, and other places.


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