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R U OK Day – 14 September 2017

RU OK Day

Today is R U OK Day, a national day of action and a reminder to all Australians that you've got what it takes to have a life-changing conversation.

If you've noticed someone seems distracted or might be struggling, take the time to ask 'R U OK?' If they're not okay, listen and encourage them to connect with the appropriate support. Try asking questions such as the following.

  • What have you done in the past that's been helpful?
  • How would you like me to support you?
  • What's something you can do for yourself right now? Something that's enjoyable or relaxing?

If they are okay, that person will know you're someone who cares enough to ask.

For more tips on how you could help a colleague, family member or friend, visit www.ruok.org.au 

Complimentary CPAP Equipment Service Days at RiverCity Private Hospital

CPAP Equip

The time has come to give your sleep apnoea device the love and attention it deserves.

Come into Genesis SleepCare at RiverCity Private Hospital on Tuesday 17 October or Wednesday 18 October for a complimentary sleep apnoea device service provided by Genesis SleepCare and ResMed. We’ll give your device a thorough clean, change its filter, check the tubing and mask, and ensure that your prescribed pressure is being delivered. All makes and models are welcome.

Our service days are always popular so please call or email us to make an appointment. Download the flyer here for further information.

Freecall: 1800 155 225

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Genesis SleepCare

RiverCity Private Hospital

Level 4, 401 Milton Road

Auchenflower

Free onsite parking available at RiverCity Private Hospital.

Women’s Health Week – Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Pregnancy

Pregnancy and OSA

Genesis SleepCare supports Women’s Health Week 2017, encouraging women to focus on their health, learn and take action. The theme for Friday 8 September is ‘Craving Pillow Time’, to promote sleep health as a priority for women. In particular, many are unaware of the risk of obstructive sleep apnoea during pregnancy.

Obstructive sleep apnoea in pregnancy

Pregnancy is associated with:

  • changes in physiology and sleep
  • increased risk of developing OSA
  • increased severity of preexisting OSA

OSA in pregnancy is also associated with significant maternal and fetal complications 

OSA in pregnancy is thought to be underdiagnosed

Diagnostic challenges include:

  1. common symptoms (snoring, daytime sleepiness) are also common symptoms in normal pregnancy
  2. commonly used screening questionnaires (ESS, Berlin questionnaire) – poor predictive values in pregnancy1
  3. clinical picture can change rapidly as pregnancy progresses

1 Tantrakil et al Sleep Med Rev 2016

Diagnosis and monitoring

  • Whilst there is a lack of evidence-based management guidelines, there is general consensus:
  • screen at-risk groups [Obese, hypertension (HTN), preclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)]
  • serial monitoring is required

- Type 1 Polysomnogram (PSG) (overnight in lab study) = gold standard in sleep diagnostic testing

- Consider Type 2 (?home sleep) study if resource issues

CPAP therapy should be recommended for pregnant patients with:

  • moderate/severe OSA, mild OSA with significant hypoxia (as per general guidelines)
  • query for all pregnant patients with OSA (incl. mild OSA) - repeat PSG post-partum)

Sleep physician review - OSA in pregnancy

Genesis SleepCare provides access to the most experienced team of sleep specialists in Queensland. Sleep physician review of OSA in pregnancy is recommended due to the complexity, clinical changes and regular follow-up needed for pregnant women.

For further information, please contact Genesis SleepCare on 1800 155 225.

References
Chen et al Am J Obstet Gynecol 2012;206:136
Louis et al Sleep 2014;37(5)
Spence et al Eur J Obs Gyn Reprod Biol 2017;210
Pien et al Thorax 2014;69:371-377

Sleep Education & Site Tour – Thursday 24 August 2017

Slreep news august 2017

Genesis SleepCare hosted an education evening and site tour for healthcare professionals at the recently refurbished RiverCity Private Hospital site last week. The evening was attended by general practitioners, practice managers and staff, nurses and dentists. Cardiologists and staff from partner organisation HeartCare Partners also joined the event.

Guests had the valuable opportunity to meet Sleep Physicians Dr Leanne Gauld, Dr Sophie Williams and Dr Amy Reynolds, as well as Genesis SleepCare sleep scientists, sleep therapists, technicians, paediatric nurse and practice staff. Throughout the evening, guests were able to view sleep study live-set-ups (both adult and paediatric), learn about sleep scoring and attend various Q&A sessions on topics such as obstructive sleep apnoea, CPAP therapy, dental splints, complex sleep patients and overnight in-lab vs home sleep studies.

Genesis SleepCare provides a fully comprehensive sleep service at RiverCity Private Hospital, now with free onsite parking for patients. Contact Genesis SleepCare for further information.

Genesis SleepCare
RiverCity Private Hospital
Level 4, 401 Milton Road
Auchenflower QLD 4066

Freecall 1800 155 225

HeartCare and SleepCare QLD Team Day 2017 – collaboration to improve the patient experience

Team Day News Item final

The HeartCare and SleepCare Queensland staff and doctors gathered in Brisbane last weekend for the annual Team Day. The day involved various presentations and team activities which explored the patient experience, and ways to continue to improve our high quality service delivery and patient access.

HeartCare Partners and Genesis SleepCare are members of GenesisCare, Australia's leading provider of radiation oncology, cardiology and sleep treatments. The benefit of the GenesisCare network and annual team days is the opportunity for collaboration across teams, knowledge sharing and innovation to achieve clinical excellence.

Read more about the GenesisCare network here.

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