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Expiration Date: April 30, 2017
Sleep disorders affect an estimated 70 million people each year, making restful, restorative sleep impossible. Sleep loss and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of health consequences. The course begins with an overview of normal sleep and a description of the stages of sleep. Common sleep disorders are described, such as insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, and parasomnias. Sleep apnea, specifically obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is the most common of the disorders treated in sleep disorder centers.
The symptoms of OSA can be divided into two categories: Nighttime symptoms include loud snoring, snorting or gasping during sleep, restlessness, choking or gagging, cardiac arrhythmias, and perfuse nighttime sweating. Daytime symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headache, high blood pressure, irritability, poor memory, and poor job performance. Common causes of upper airway obstruction, which leads to OSA, are described. Nurses will learn about evaluation techniques used in sleep disorder centers, in particular polysomnography, the multiple sleep latency test, and the maintenance of wakefulness test. The course describes treatments for OSA, such as behavioral changes, continuous positive airway pressure, and the use of intraoral devices. Surgical treatments that are described include uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, correction of nasal obstruction (septoplasty, turbinectomy, and polypectomy), tonsillectomy, facial bone reconstruction, and tracheostomy.
- Discuss the purpose and stages of sleep.
- Recognize common sleep disorders.
- Recognize the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
- Describe the process of diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea.
- Define the diagnostic criteria for obstructive sleep apnea.
- Describe the treatments for obstructive sleep apnea.
Jarrod Rowe, RPSGT, RST, is the technical director of the A-STEP Program for the Athens Sleep and Wellness Center, Athens, Georgia. Mr. Rowe is a registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT) and a registered sleep technologist (RST). He has worked in sleep medicine as a polysomnographic technologist since 2008. Mr. Rowe has been a presenter at national conferences such as Sleep Health 2012, where he conducted a sleep staging and scoring workshop, and the Georgia Association of Sleep of Sleep Professionals 2013 conference, where he presented on sleep scoring. He is a technical member on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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