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By: Tamara Sellman on May 1st, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: May 1, 2017

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While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week

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CULTURE WATCH

"African Americans today suffer ‘sleep gap’ that dates back to slavery"
THE GRIO
April 24, 2017

From the website: “The effects of this 'sleep gap' are felt not only in physical health such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes but in mental health as well. ... It’s a gap that goes all the way back to slavery, when sleep deprivation was encouraged by slavers, LA Times‘ Benjamin Reiss."

Takeaway: Food for thought. The article isn't in-depth but it points to some research showing connections that might be worth looking into if your particular patient load fits this demographic.

INDUSTRY WATCH

"Earth Day spotlight: Are you concerned about the plastics in CPAP equipment?"
AMERICAN SLEEP APNEA ASSOCIATION
April 19, 2017 

From the blog: "If you take away only one thing from this post, let it be this: There are ways to protect yourself against potential exposures (to BPA, VOCs, or bacteria), so there’s really no good reason not to use CPAP."

Takeaway: Patients have legitimate concerns about chemical leaching from plastics used in medical equipment. You can help reassure them with this information in case they express concerns.

TREND WATCH

"This Wearable Sticks To Your Neck To Help You Sleep Better"
PSFK
April 12, 2017

From the website: “The Relax Pro contains a pair of electrodes that, when placed on the back of the user’s neck, produce low levels of pulse to stimulate nerves. The pulses produced by the Relax Pro encourage a natural mechanism within the body to signal the nervous system to tell the body to relax.

Takeaway: In case you are encountering patients who are asking about some of the latest wearables, here's one that seems to be getting a lot of attention, possibly because it is a drug-free sleep aid.

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

"Postoperative Capnographic Monitoring Program to Reduce Adverse Respiratory Events: A Sleep Center Success Story"
SLEEP REVIEW
April 3, 2017

From the website: “A pilot obstructive sleep apnea screening and monitoring program at Providence St. Peter Hospital reduces Code Blue events by almost two-thirds.”

Takeaway: In case you missed it... we should all be paying attention to what's happening at other sleep labs, especially when successes mean more and better business and bottom lines.

PHARMA WATCH

"What all women need to know about sleeping pills"
INSOMNIALAND
April 24, 2017

From the article:A 2016 review published in Current Sleep Medicine Reports highlighted the fact that two medications commonly used to treat sleep disorders act differently in women compared to men.

Takeaway: Here are some interesting takeaways on two main sleep-wake medications, zolpidem and modafinil.

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

"4 Patient Education Strategies that Drive Patient Activation"
PATIENT ENGAGEMENT H.I.T.
April 27, 2017

From the website:Ensuring patients are knowledgeable about their healthcare is the surest method for sparking patient activation. Patients who are more knowledgeable about their health are more likely to use self-management techniques, attend their follow-up appointments, and ask their doctors questions about their care.

Takeaway: Sleep techs are in the prime position of being able to empower patients with information and tools through the night of their diagnostic or therapeutic evaluation. It makes sense to take advantage of this great opportunity to help drive patients to be more compliant.

LEGISLATION WATCH

"Physicians now can apply for expedited licensure to practice across state lines using telemedicine"
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE
April 15, 2017

From the report: "Currently, 18 states have adopted the compact, and eight additional states and the District of Columbia have introduced legislation in support of a pathway for license portability.”

Takeaway: This might be a saving grace for many practices where state lines have previously blocked treatment for potential patients, who may live very close, but who have previously been restricted by regulations on portability of services, something telemedicine can override.


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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