On behalf of the AAST Board of Directors and staff, we extend our heartfelt concern and best wishes to you, our valued members and constituents, during this unprecedented period of uncertainty. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy go out to anyone who has been personally impacted by this devastating pandemic known as COVID-19.
While no one around the globe has been unaffected by this outbreak, we are well aware of the specific impact COVID-19 has had on our industry, profession and patients. With that in mind, we have created a resources page to help sleep technology professionals better navigate through this period of great change and disruption.
As health care providers, we play an especially important role in delivering service and comfort to our patients in our discipline. As such, we have included links to CDC guidelines for infection prevention and control, as well as AASM information for sleep clinics and labs.
In terms of self-care, we understand the toll this pandemic has taken – and will continue to take – on all of us. That’s why we have included some links for managing stress and best practices for working remotely. This resources webpage will be updated with new resources as they become available. If you would like to suggest other content and links to be considered for inclusion on this page, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Further, if you have a specific question about your practice or how to deal professionally with the COVID-19 pandemic, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org; we will be monitoring this in-box regularly and working with our network of subject matter experts to provide timely answers. Ultimately, we hope these resources provide you with the information and support you need to be your best self and best professional during these challenging times.
Finally, please take every measure to take care of yourself and your loved ones during this outbreak. Practice good hygiene and social distancing, and look out for one another (even if from a safe distance). Make sure that friends, neighbors and relatives are weathering these times as best they can. Now more than ever before, we need to be careful…and kind. We will get through this. Together.
Melinda Trimble, LRCP, RPSGT, RST, FAAST