• Respiratory Therapists

  • Are you looking for a way to increase your scope of practice and employment opportunities?

    In 2015, California added treatment, management, diagnostic testing, control, education and care of patients with sleep and wake disorders to the RT’s scope of practice. (www.rcb.ca.gov)

    What does this mean?

    As a Respiratory Therapist, your license allows you to provide care for patients with sleep related breathing problems, provided that you receive appropriate education. Our courses can prepare you for a role in this very important and expanding field.

  • Sleep Disordered Breathing
    Course Description

    Sleep apnea is one of the most prevalent of all sleep disorders. Loud snoring and nightly breathing lapses are common occurrences caused by restriction in the upper airway. Studies repeatedly show that obstructive sleep apnea is associated with risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression, day-time sleepiness and motor vehicle accidents.

    The course begins with an overview of the field of Sleep Medicine and where Sleep Apnea fits within the scope of more than 120 identified sleep disorders. Knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the upper airway will inform your understanding of medical research in the field, interventions that have been developed and typical results obtained from various procedures.

    Learn to recognize and assess patients who are at risk for OSA. This is a skill you will use throughout your clinical practice. Hospitals are now beginning to incorporate screening for sleep apnea into basic admitting processes.  With knowledge about how to screen patients for sleep apnea you can be a resource for your hospital or clinical setting.

    Medical devices such as an Airway Device (OAD) or a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) are frontline treatments. Lifestyle changes and awareness of other medical conditions associated, and often made worse, by sleep apnea will be included in the clinical care component of the program.

  • Using a “Stages of Change” Model, you will learn how to support patients to incorporate new behaviors that can seem awkward and difficult at the beginning. Communication skills and educational materials are important tools used in this phase of clinical care.

    Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to help patients with sleep apnea improve their sleep and health no matter where you work. You will have a beginner’s level of knowledge and skill that can form the foundation for a career in the field of Sleep Medicine.

    This course can be tailored to the needs of practicing RT’s or senior students.  Call us today for more information.