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    Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in children effects of 2-3% of all children, however in light of the rising prevalence of childhood obesity, the estimated prevalence has increased to 6-10% of all children. While the first line of therapy for Pediatric OSA in children consists of upper airway surgery via surgical removal off the adenoids and tonsils, it has become increasingly clear that surgery efficacy is limited in older and//or obese children. As a result, alternative therapies, including positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy has become mainstay for a lot of children. The application of PAP devices in children is unique and requires further attention to ensure that PAP therapy is successful.

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in children effects of 2-3% of all children, however in light of the rising prevalence of childhood obesity, the estimated prevalence has increased to 6-10% of all children. While the first line of therapy for Pediatric OSA in children consists of upper airway surgery via surgical removal off the adenoids and tonsils, it has become increasingly clear that surgery efficacy is limited in older and//or obese children. As a result, alternative therapies, including positive airway pressure  (PAP) therapy has become mainstay for a lot of children. The application of PAP devices in children is unique and requires further attention to ensure that PAP therapy is successful.

    Objectives:

    1. Provide an overview of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in children
    2. Distinguish indications for Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy in children
    3. Discuss obstacles of PAP adherence in  children
    4. Share real world data of PAP adherence in children

    Rakesh Bhattacharjee, MD, FRCPC, DABP(SM), CBSM, DBSM, FAASM

    Director of Sleep Medicine, Rady Children’s Hospital

    Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UCSD

    Continuing Education:

    • 1 AAST CEC after passing a short knowledge assessment in the AAST Learning Center

    Access:

    • Free with AAST Membership
    • $30 for Non-Members
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    A2Zzz Q4 2022/ Volume 31/ Number 4.1

    Jacinta Jiménez, PsyD, is an award-winning psychologist and board-certified leadership coach, and for 15+ years has been dedicated to the betterment of people through innovative programming stemming from the latest research in positive psychology, neuroscience and motivational psychology. She is an accomplished author and was a key team member in the creation and implementation of the Anger and Irritability Management System, a mobile app produced by the Mobile Behavior Design Lab and the National Center for PTSD. Currently, she serves as the vice president of Coaching Innovation at BetterUp, a virtual coaching platform dedicated to helping people live with greater clarity, purpose and passion. 

    AAST Managing Editor Monica Roselli recently spoke with Jiménez on what people are looking for in a coach, how a coach can be successful and more. Hear Jiménez's thoughts on what the world of coaching looks like today and where she believes the future of the profession is heading in this Q&A

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    A2Zzz Q4 2022/ Volume 31/ Number 4.1

    Most research on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the sleep field has focused on its use in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea and in polysomnography scoring. However, in recent years, the use of AI, particularly conversational AI, for sleep coaching people with insomnia has been of great interest, and recent findings have been encouraging.

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    Sleep health has taken a big hit globally in the wake of the pandemic. This isn’t news, nor is it surprising to learn that our healthcare peers on the COVID-19 frontline are suffering from long-term sleep and mental health problems. One particular population of medical professionals, registered nurses, are the target for recent research suggesting an alarming mental health impact on those working the frontlines. In this month’s Journal Club, we’ll review how sleep, or lack of sleep, or poor sleep, can affect psychological health in general and consider sleep health among healthcare workers prior to the pandemic. Then we’ll break down the NORFUL et al study into two separate sections, the first one examining the foundation of the study specifically tuned to psychological health concerns, and the second section focused on the sleep health implications of the study as well as insights into how this might impact us on the job in sleep clinics and research laboratories.

    Description: Sleep health has taken a big hit globally in the wake of the pandemic. This isn’t news, nor is it surprising to learn that our healthcare peers on the COVID-19 frontline are suffering from long-term sleep and mental health problems. One particular population of medical professionals, registered nurses, are the target for recent research suggesting an alarming mental health impact on those working the frontlines. In this month’s Journal Club, we’ll review how sleep, or lack of sleep, or poor sleep, can affect psychological health in general and consider sleep health among healthcare workers prior to the pandemic. Then we’ll break down the NORFUL et al study into two separate sections, the first one examining the foundation of the study specifically tuned to psychological health concerns, and the second section focused on the sleep health implications of the study as well as insights into how this might impact us on the job in sleep clinics and research laboratories.

    Recorded: 2/27/2023

    CEC Credit(s): 1.0

    Target Audience: Sleep technologists

    Length: 1-hour

    Category: Journal Club

    Access Period: 30 days from date of purchase.

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    A2Zzz Q4 2022/ Volume 31/ Number 4.1

    In this column,  Laura Linley, CRTT, RPSGT, FAAST, revisited the Medicare (MCR) provider compliance tips related to polysomnography/sleep studies and found that there are no substantive new changes or tips posted for this service line. As a health care provider, you should understand Medicare coverage before providing services or items to Medicare patients. Because extensive coverage information is readily available, Medicare has made it known that they expect health care providers to know their coverage requirements in order to avoid payment denial.

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    A2Zzz Q4 2022/ Volume 31/ Number 4.1

    Sleep coaching is a rapidly expanding field, and Certified Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) professionals can apply their skills to a wide variety of client bases. We asked four sleep coaches with different specializations to dive into their personal approaches to coaching and sleep education, and share how they utilize their CCSH in their patients’ care. By Bethany Larrañaga, featuring Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, RST, CCSH; Geoff Eade, RPSGT, CCSH; Amy Korn-Reavis, RRT, RPSGT, CCSH; and Nicole Sondermann, RPSGT, CCSH.

  • Includes a Live Web Event on 04/17/2023 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

    Sleep disturbances are highly prevalent in infants and toddlers. Dr. Mindell will present empirically-based strategies for the management of bedtime problems and night wakings in young children. Factors that contribute to the development of these issues will be presented. Behavioral interventions discussed will include the importance of sleep schedules, bedtime routines, and the development of self-soothing skills.

    Sleep disturbances are highly prevalent in infants and toddlers. Dr. Mindell will present empirically-based strategies for the management of bedtime problems and night wakings in young children. Factors that contribute to the development of these issues will be presented. Behavioral interventions discussed will include the importance of sleep schedules, bedtime routines, and the development of self-soothing skills.

    Objectives:

    1. Understand prevalence of sleep disturbances in infants and toddlers
    2. Discuss factors associated with behaviorally-based sleep problems in young children 
    3. Review empirically-based treatments for bedtime problems and night wakings

    Jodi A Mindell Ph.D., DBSM

    Professor, Department of Psychology

    Saint Joseph’s University/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Continuing Education:

    • 1 AAST CEC after passing a short knowledge assessment in the AAST Learning Center

    Access:

    • Free with AAST Membership
    • $30 for Non-Members
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    A patient with COPD has a diagnostic portion with OSA and has a split night study using a variety of PAP platforms.

    Description: A patient with COPD has a diagnostic portion with OSA and has a split night study using a variety of PAP platforms.

    Presenter: Richard S. Rosenberg, PhD

    Recorded: 7/12/2019

    CEC Credit(s): 1.0

    Target Audience: Sleep technologists and other allied health professionals.

    Estimated Time to Completion: Approximately one hour

    Category: Case of the Month

    Access Period: 30 days from date of purchase.

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    Join us for a pre-recorded web course discussing Central Sleep Apnea as well as the clinical evidence for phrenic nerve stimulation.

    This content is provided free of charge by Respicardia.

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    Join us for a pre-recorded web course discussing Central Sleep Apnea as well as the clinical evidence for phrenic nerve stimulation.
    Topics include:

    • CSA pathophysiology and prevalence
    • How phrenic nerve stimulation therapy works in stabilizing breathing
    • Appropriate patients for phrenic nerve stimulation
    • Clinical results at 6, 12 and 18 months

    Presenters:

    Dr. Alan Schwartz

    • Professor of Medicine, ret. (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine)
    • Clinical Associate Professor (University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine)
    • Profesor Extraordinario Visitante (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima PERU)
    • Former medical director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Interdisciplinary Sleep Research and Education

    Dr. Robin Germany

    • Chief Medical Officer of Respicardia
    • Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, University of Oklahoma

    CEC Credit(s): 1.0

    Length: 52 minutes

    Access Period: 30 days from the start date.

  • A companion piece to the AAST Advanced Sleep Titration e-Learning Course, this 126-page e-workbook will assist sleep health professionals gain a thorough understanding of cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology and enhancement of your Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) titration skills.

    This valuable reference for both new and seasoned sleep technologists performing advanced PAP titration. Topics included in preview on next tab. Each chapter also includes questions as a check for knowledge comprehension with an answer bank.

    1. Introduction
    2. Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory System 
    3. CPAP & BPAP 
    4. AVS 
    5. NPPV - AVAPS 
    6. AVAPS-AE
    7. Knowledge Check Answers