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Dreams with Hope - Sleep Education Tour in Louisville

 
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BRPT And RemZzzs Join Forces To Bring Nation-wide Sleep Education Awareness Tour To Louisville
Sleep Apnea Affects More Than 18 Million Americans

September 5, 2013 –Dreams With Hope – a grassroots national sleep education awareness tour – will visit Louisville, KY September 12-14 at the Marriott Louisville Hotel, in conjunction with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists’ (BRPT) annual Symposium and Clinical Sleep Educator conference.  The Dreams With Hope tour offers a free clinic open to the public to raise awareness about the relationship between sleep and good health. Trained professionals are on hand to discuss the importance of sleep to quality of life, and the proper use of PAP (Positive Airway Pressure) therapy for treatment of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder affecting more than 18 million Americans. Sleep technologists certified by the BRPT as Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT) and Clinical Sleep Educators play an important role in the diagnosis, coordination of care, and awareness of sleep disorders.   

WHEN:    September 12-14, 2013
               Thursday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
               Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
               Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE:    Louisville Marriott Hotel
                 280 West Jefferson Street
The free clinic and Tour Bus will be located in the parking lot behind the hotel, on the South side of Liberty Street and on the West corner of 2nd Street.

WHO:    Sponsored by RemZzzs in conjunction with the BRPT Clinical Sleep Educator (CSE) Program and 7th Annual Symposium. The CSE program provides non-physician health care providers working in sleep medicine with training and education to aid in the care and management of patients with sleep disorders, primarily sleep apnea.  The BRPT Symposium is an RPSGT-only event that offers cutting-edge topics and sessions in the field of sleep medicine.

WHAT:    A free sleep education and awareness clinic offering the public:
  • Information and materials on the importance of healthy sleep
  • Free sleep apnea mini-screening/questionnaire administered by a Respiratory Therapist (RT) or Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)
  • Free mask adjustments and trouble-shooting mask issues with an RT or an RPSGT
  • Free RemZzzs samples to effectively address mask issues

ABOUT SLEEP APNEA:

Sleep apnea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. In most cases the person is unaware of the condition.  Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-threatening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression and other ailments.

Sleep apnea is very common affecting more than 18 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation.  Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or "sleep study" performed by a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT).  There are 306 active RPSGTs in the state of Kentucky with 48 located in Louisville.

CONTACTS:    Lydia Pelliccia, BRPT, lpelliccia@brpt.org, 202-422-5205
                      Dave Talmage, RemZzzs, dave@remzzzs.com, 616-293-7962
        
About BRPT
Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the BRPT is an independent, non-profit certification board that develops and administers credentialing exams for polysomnographic technologists and technicians. In addition to administering the RPSGT and CPSGT exams in the United States and internationally, the BRPT also maintains the RPSGT registry and CPSGT roster.  In 2012, BRPT launched its Clinical Sleep Educator (CSE) Program, offering an assessment-based certificate to qualifying individuals. The BRPT also provides its Continuing Sleep Technology Education (CSTE) Program for educational providers seeking continuing education credits for their offerings. For more information, please visit www.brpt.org.
                                                                
About RemZzzs
Naturs Design, Inc., headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, owns the Patent, FDA exempt medical product, RemZzzs CPAP Mask Liners.  RemZzzs is a disposable cotton liner worn with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) mask and provides the following benefits to its users:  Eliminates and/or reduces skin irritations – Eliminates and/or reduces noisy air leaks – Absorbs facial moisture and oil – Allows for the use of bedtime facial products – Promotes a comfortable full night of sleep…for patient and partner. (MADE IN USA)  

For more information, please visit www.remzzzs.com. For more information on the Dreams With Hope Sleep Tour, go to www.dreamswithhope.com.
               




 
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