As the focus of medicine shifts from procedures to outcomes a more integrated model of care will emerge. A variety of professionals will be involved, including primary care physicians, ENT’s, behavioral specialists and dentists. We at the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) believe that sleep technologists will have an exciting opportunity to participate in this integrated model. Along with that opportunity there is the challenge of comprehensive management of the sleep disorder and the cross over comorbidities.
That’s why the AAST held its Fall Course Beyond OSA: Diagnosis, Comorbidities and Therapy of Sleep Related Breathing Disorders in Branson, Mo. in October. The course is relevant to sleep technologists and sleep center managers seeking to understand the advanced therapies utilized in the treatment of sleep disordered breathing in the medically complex patient.
Topics included Upper Airway, Lungs and Control of Breathing, Medical Disorders Affecting Respiratory Rhythm or Pattern, Central Sleep Apneas, Therapy for Respiratory Rhythm or Patter Disorders, Behavioral Comorbidities of Sleep Related Breathing Disorders, COPD and Overlap Syndrome, Hypoventilation, Treatment of Hypoventilation Using Pressure Support and Non-Invasive Ventilation, Neuromuscular Disorders, Preparing Your Program for Providing Advanced Therapies, Maximizing Patient Comfort and Adherence, Monitoring Adherence and Outcomes and A New Model of Care.
The AAST is happy to announce that we have successfully converted all of the presentations from the fall course into high-grade digital learning modules. These learning modules will provide timely, ongoing educational tools for technologists seeking advanced education and I encourage you to take advantage of this great educational opportunity.
The learning modules are now available in the AAST Online Learning Center, the leading online resource for sleep technologists to learn new skills, maintain certifications and gain knowledge in sleep technology.
Don’t forget to save the date for the AAST Spring Course March 11-12, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. This course will provide lectures and hands-on interaction to focus on preventing risk through appropriate policies and procedures; and patient interaction. AAST members receive discounted rates to attend all AAST sponsored courses.
To help offset costs of attendance at the AAST spring course, AAST members can also apply for the Rose Ann Zumstein Memorial Scholarship. For more information, visit the scholarship page of the AAST website.
Invest in yourself, your career and your profession by becoming a member of the AAST. The AAST is the leading membership association for sleep technologists. We promote the sleep technologist profession by advancing the education, technical expertise and clinical experience of our members. We work to preserve the autonomy of the profession by leading and advocating for our more than 4,200 members.
Join the AAST and gain access to exclusive member benefits including online resources, new training opportunities and much more including:
- Up to 32 AAST CECs per year at no extra cost
- Subscription to the quarterly publication A2Zzz
- Registration discounts for the AAST Annual Meeting and AAST Courses
- Access to AAST Career Resources
- Exclusive discounts on AAST products
- Advocacy for the sleep technologist profession
- Networking opportunities
- Awards for individual excellence
I hope you all have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season and I look forward to seeing you all at the spring course in Louisville.
Laura Linley, CRT, RST, RPSGT