Upcoming Webinar

When to Prescribe Advanced PAP Therapies for Patients Struggling with CPAP

  • Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Time: 12:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time
  • Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Summary

When obstructive sleep apnea patients fail or can't adhere to the continuous form of positive airway pressure therapy (commonly known as CPAP), there are other options that clinicians should explore to get patients to adherence. In some cases, these other options include advanced positive airway pressure modes such as bilevel devices and adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV), which take into account such parameters as expiratory pressure intolerance. Learn what the literature says about these "rescue" devices as well as real-world approaches to switching patients to advanced therapies when indicated.

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Not So Fast

bike race In the Not So Fast group, we find two general types of sleep patients:

  • those who sense their sleep is disturbed, but who are putting off any form of evaluation or treatment;
  • those who can't absorb or appreciate that they are suffering from any sleep disturbances at all.

The first group includes those who do not spend much time thinking about their sleep problems or thinking about any specific reasons to treat their sleep problems.  They might say that sleep problems just sit on the "back burner," percolating for so long that they are literally "out of sight, out of mind."

The second group includes problematic sleepers who often are pushed into treatment by someone else - their doctor, a family member, a friend, and so on.  For some, it's a matter of denial; for others it's a healthy skepticism about the idea that something actually needs treatment.  This group's "show me" attitude often requires that someone else do the homework to prove there is a need to "fix" something.

The links below provide some useful Treatment Pathways to move forward, if indeed you possess a desire is to move forward: