Learn more about OSA and sleep-related disorders

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by Dorothy de Souza Guedes, VGM Education

How have you been sleeping? How about your customers? Your employees?

This month has been designated as Sleeptember by the American Sleep Apnea Association to create greater awareness about sleep health and risks associated with untreated sleep disorders. Four key sleep disorders listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are insomnia, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea.

The National Sleep Foundation estimates 50 million to 70 million Americans are affected by sleep disorders. Of that number, 12 million to 25 million people have OSA. Why the range? ASAA notes that approximately 80 percent of cases of moderate to severe OSA go undiagnosed.

“With our aging population and obesity, the occurrence of obstructive sleep apnea – OSA – continues to rise. CPAP is still the therapy of choice and resupply continues to provide a revenue stream for providers,” said Bob Hoffman, RRT, VGM vice president-ancillary services.

Education Opportunities

If your organization does not currently provide these CPAP devices but it’s an area into which you are considering expanding, VGMU Online Learning offers a two-part course to teach your team more, OSA Diagnosis and Treatment, under its Clinical-Respiratory category. Part I explains risk factors and how OSA is identified and diagnosed. Part II discusses treatment options, comorbid conditions, and consequences of untreated OSA. The course has been recently updated with the most current statistics and treatment options.

To learn more about VGMU OSA courses in VGMU's Clinical-Respiratory offerings, visit VGMU Online Learning.

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