Spring 2009 Vol. 6 No. 2
“The technician's patience and
attention was outstanding. Shewas extremely pleasant and help-
From the Cardinal’s Nest: What patients are saying…
Increasing Sleep Awareness in Cardinal Communities
The number of people reporting sleep disturbances has
increased according to the National Sleep Foundation’sSleep in America™ poll. The poll also states that while
64% of Americans report experiencing sleep problems at least a few nights a week within the past month, only32% of all adults have ever discussed sleep with ahealthcare professional. Significantly, in the group that has discussed sleep with a healthcare professional, al-most one-half (42%) have/had a sleep disorder.To raise awareness about under recognized and under-reported sleep disorders, Cardinal Sleep Disorder Cen-ters of America encourages both physicians and patientsto start talking about sleep. Cardinal Sleep has increasedsleep education efforts in all eight locations, and is urg-ing physicians to consider screening for sleep disordersif a patient is overweight and has high blood pressure,cardiovascular disease, and/or type 2 diabetes. Sleep dis-orders should also be considered in patients experienc-ing sexual dysfunction, nocturia, GERD, Iron deficiency,depression and mood disorders.
Morris Open House
Morris physicians now have the option to send patientsto the new Cardinal facility on W. US Route 6. The openhouse and ribbon cutting was held April 1st by theGrundy County Chamber of Commerce. The Morris facil-ity offers comfortable sleep studies performed by regis-tered technologists and in-depth analysis, diagnosis, andrecommendations provided by board-certified pulmo-nary and sleep physicians. Consultations and treatment options also are available through Kramer DME in anadjacent suite, therefore stream-lining the diagnosis and treat-ment process for the patient.
Registered PolysomnographicTechnologists at Cardinal Sleep
Nicole Steffes, RPSGT
Manager of Clinical & Educational Services
Polysomnographic (Sleep) Technologists are trained insleep medicine through formal programs and practicalwork experience. At Cardinal Sleep Centers, all eligiblestaff members have passed the rigorous requirements to become creden-tialed by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, an inter-nationally recognized and accredited organization. This credential currentlyrepresents the highest standard in sleep technology, and is a symbol of quality, responsibility and credibility.
What it takes to be a Cardinal Sleep Technologist:Training:
All new sleep technicians must be enrolled in or have attendedan accredited sleep training program. They must demonstrate neces-sary clinical experience and maintain a high level of competence andexpertise in the field. Once eligible, they are required to obtain boardcertification by the BRPT.
Cardinal’s staff fosters ethical practices. Our credentialed
staff has made a commitment to professionalism, competence andethics by meeting the BRPT standards for certification.
High Standard of Care:
Our staff members take the time to understand
each individual patient and their needs….placing the well
-being of ourpatients first. Our technologists work as part of a team with a set of specialized skills to assist the physician in the education, evaluation,treatment and follow-up.
Cardinal staff members are required toobtain a minimum of 10 continuing credit hours per year. Technologists
attend monthly training and teaching conferences with Cardinal’s
Medical Director and various sleep equipment companies to staycurrent on new sleep therapies, AASM standards, and techniques.
Cardinal Sleep Disorder Centers Expands Community Presence
Complaint Free in 2008
Cardinal Sleep Centers was awarded
“Complaint Free” status for 2008, through the
Better Business Bureau. Cardinal has receivedthis award recognizing quality patient careand services for three consecutive years.
Bi-Flex® and Positive Airway Pressure ComplianceKramer DME Enhances Follow-up Protocol
2009 Sleep in America™ Poll Findings