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Summer 2019

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Zeroing in on positional obstructive sleep apnea

Positional obstructive sleep apnea, or positional OSA (POSA), is highly prevalent1 and requires long-term management. Here are 10 essential findings to keep in mind when evaluating or treating patients with  positional OSA (POSA).

On the go with portable mesh nebulizers 

On the go with portable mesh nebulizers
Pulmonary disease patients—from children with asthma to adults with COPD—want to enjoy the daily activities of life. Having a portable, discreet device to administer the medicines they need that’s always available and easy to use—whether at home, school, or work—will help them take back control of their lives.

Reader survey: AHI thresholds in diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea

AHI thresholds in diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea
Let us know what you think about current AASM practice guidelines on AHI thresholds for OSA.

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Positional OSA

This symposium discusses what is positional obstructive sleep apnea (POSA), its prevalence, therapy guidelines, earlier mechanical techniques, and new advanced digital technology now available. An overview of the available clinical evidence that supports the sleep position trainer for treating positional OSA is included.


Symposium: “Advances in the treatment of positional sleep apnea” 

Speaker: Helene A. Emsellem, MD, FAASM, Medical Director, Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders

Portable nebulizers

There are several factors associated with the patient, device, and drug that are important to consider when selecting an aerosol delivery device for a patient. With the multitude of considerations in each of this area, this can lead to device selection delirium on part of the healthcare practitioner as well as device use delirium on part of the patient.


Symposium: “Going beyond the prescription—consider first the medication delivery system”

Speaker: James B. Fink, Ph.D., R.R.T., FAARC, FCCP, Aerogen Pharma Corp

Servo Ventilation

Treatment of sleep disorders with servo ventilation has been questioned following past studies. Learn about recent clinical evidence that demonstrates the result of those studies may have been due to a device effect and not a class effect.


Symposium: “Performance of 4 adaptive servo ventilation devices in the treatment of complex sleep apnea”

Speaker: Salma Patel, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UA Health Sciences

Learn more about performance of adaptive servo ventilation devices

1. Heinzer R, et al. J Sleep Med. 2018 Aug;48:157-162.

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