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Message From the President - September 2016

Posted by admin on Oct 4, 2016 10:06:14 AM

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) members who contributed to the success of the AAST’s 38th annual meeting held in June in Denver.  The AAST Program Committee once again put together a fantastic

annual meeting.  This year’s meeting also provided almost 500 attendees with many new features to enhance their experience, such as a new audience engagement platform, a dual track of sessions on Sunday afternoon and designated time to explore the SLEEP 2016 exhibit hall.

If you haven’t claimed your continuing education credits (CECs) from the annual meeting yet, you have until October 1, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. CST to do so.  Visit https://go.aastweb.org/credits/ to complete the online credit claim form and claim your CECs.

I look forward to seeing you all at the 39th annual meeting in Boston on June 4-6, 2017.

In addition to the annual meeting, the AAST holds several courses throughout the year to help meet the educational needs of our more than 4,200 members.  To that effect, the American Academy of Sleep Technologists (AAST) is offering a Technologist Fundamentals Course on October 7-8, 2016, at the Wyndham Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio.  This course is perfect for brushing up on the fundamentals.  During this two-day course an expert faculty will present a comprehensive review of the basics of polysomnography, including a review of sleep stages and sleep related events, recording procedures and instrumentation, appropriate therapeutic interventions, and strategies for exam success.  Discounted registration is only available until September 9th, so make sure you register today! Click to view the course program.  If you are not able to make it to the fall course, we will offer online learning modules at a future date.

The AAST has just added a total of 16 new online learning modules to the online store.  For those who were unable to attend the AAST’s spring course on Risk Management in the Sleep Center held March 11-12, 2016, in Louisville, KY, we have six presentations from the course available as online learning modules.  Topics covered include Patient Acceptance Criteria by Kathryn Hansen; Documenting and Charting by Rita Brooks; Infection Control by myself; HIPPA and Patient Confidentiality by Robert Turner; Internal Audits: Regulatory and Legislative Advisory Committee by Kathryn Hansen and Life Safety by Michael Zachek.

The AAST also had teamed up with the Southern Sleep Society (SSS) to host an advanced clinical course in April in Asheville, North Carolina.  The April 7, 2016 technologist course preceded the SSS’s 38th annual meeting.  The 8-hour course that was titled “Essential Skills in Sleep Education – Tools for Career Advancement” was designed for allied health professionals who are focused toward education in clinical sleep health.  There are 10 presentations available from the course including Health Literacy for Patient Education by Marietta Bibbs; Education : Teaching for Your Community by Janice East; Sleep Disorders in Various Age Groups and The Evolving Role of the Sleep Technologist by myself; How Common Medications Can Affect Sleep by Shalanda Mitchell; Sleep Reports and PAP Downloads by Bonnie Robertson; Educational Coding: What You Can Bill? by Becky Appenzeller; Distinguishing  Medical vs Behavioral Disorders in Pediatric Patients by Joel Porquez; Improving Acceptance and Adherence to PAP Therapy - What the Biggest Losers Taught Me by Pamela Minkley and Managing Therapy to Enhance Compliance by Carolyn Campo.

Also make sure to check out the AAST 2016 Salary and Benefits survey.  The AAST commissioned an independent consulting firm, McKinley Advisers, to conduct a current assessment of salary and compensation for sleep technologists.  The American Association of Sleep Technologists 2016 Salary and Benefits Survey  was released in May.  The survey compares current findings with the AAST’s previous salary and compensation surveys from 2007 and 2010.  An online survey was sent to 5,144 members and non-members, as well as to sleep center email addresses and the response rate was 16 percent, representing 832 respondents.  I hope you will find this to be a useful tool in your sleep center and as a reference for your human resources department.

I look forward to seeing you in Cleveland for our fall course!

AAST President
Laura Linley, CRT, RST, RPSGT