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Can anybody sponsor me to become a Nuclear Medical Technologist?

To Whom it may concern,

Hi my name is Justin Rilkoff. I have been interested in the medical
field for quite some time now, since my cardiac ablation. I used to be
a pilot and with the SVT then cardiac procedure, my dreams of being an
airline pilot dwindled.

I want to become a Nuclear Medical Technologist. I am 26 yrs old,
married and a father of an eight month old boy. I want a stable
career, I was in sales, running a small corporation and used to be a
GPS Surveyor in Oil/Gas Exploration in Canada’s frigid Arctic,
therefore, I am used to high-tech equipment and love using them all
the time. I was raised in British Columbia Canada and just moved to
the USA to be with my wife.

Thank you for enduring this email, but I am desperate and worried
that I can’t remember my high school Physics. Is there a good and
relatively quick/fast-track program that could get me job in the
Nuclear Medicine field? I live in Spokane WA right now and might be
moving to Atlanta or Houston

Try the Associate Degree Program (2 yr.) at Ferris State University in Michigan…
“Ferris has the only University-based program in Michigan. Job placement is 100 percent with our graduates recruited nationally. Ferris graduates demonstrate excellent pass rates on national exams. The program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. The program combines general education and specialized courses with clinical training.

The first three semesters are spent on the Big Rapids campus. Course work includes human anatomy and physiology, radiation and nuclear physics, and nuclear medicine theory and methods. Students spend the next two semesters in a hospital setting with emphasis on the clinical application of theory.

Graduates of this program are well prepared to work in the field of nuclear medicine, and are eligible to take the national certifying examinations for registry in nuclear medicine technology.”

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Cpap Tips

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10 Tips on Finding the Right Surgeon For Your Sleep Apnea

Finding the right surgeon for you can be a challenge in any situation, but finding the right sleep apnea surgeon can be even more challenging since there are so many different procedures and there are no standard operations. I’m asked quite often by people in other states or other countries who they should go see to treat their sleep apnea condition, and over the years, I’ve come up with the following 10 thoughts and tips. These are suggestions that I would offer to a friend or relative in a remote state if they asked for my advice.

In most cases, an ENT surgeon will be the most appropriate person to see, as they are most qualified to perform surgical procedures of the upper airway. By definition, ENTs (otolaryngologists) are trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the soft tissues of the head and neck region. They are the specialists that other doctors call to manage complications of the upper airway. However, there are situations where oro-maxillo-facial surgeons and general plastic surgeons may also play a role.

1. Did you exhaust every other possible option for sleep apnea? Did you try CPAP? How much effort did you put into making sure you gave CPAP a chance to work? Did you consider dental appliances? A good surgeon doesn’t rush into surgery without trying conservative options first.

2. Can you breathe through your nose? Having a stuffy nose can definitely prevent you from benefitting from either CPAP or dental devices. Often, after optimizing nasal breathing via medical or surgical means, people are able to use CPAP or dental devices more effectively.

3. Make sure the surgeon is confident to a reasonable degree where your obstruction is happening. Performing major surgery to “see what happens” is not a reason to do surgery. There are three major areas: the nose, the soft palate and the tongue. The surgeon must be comfortable operating in all three areas. How thoroughly do they examine your upper airway? Do they look with the fiberoptic camera with you sitting up and lying flat? Do they look for movement of the space behind the tongue by having you thrust your lower jaw forward?

4. Can they give you their success rates and complication rates? What is their definition of success? What are their long-term success rates? Compare this with current success rates for uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which has published success rates around 40%. Multilevel surgery approaches around 75 to 80%.

Can they honestly give you their complication rates? If they have no complications whatsoever, I’d be suspicious. Are they prepared to handle anything that may arise? Ask what his or her last complication was and how it was managed. It may seem counterintuitive, but if they don’t have any experience managing complications, you don’t want to be the first one.

5. Do they have a plan in case the surgery doesn’t work as planned? If the post-op sleep study shows less than a significant drop in the AHI score, what are your options? This should be discussed before your initial surgery. Do you stop there, or do you go back and do more (if there’s an obvious area to address), or do you go back to CPAP? Is a referral to an oro-maxillofacial surgeon an option?

6. Don’t focus too much on volume of cases. What’s important is how well it’s done and the appropriate location of the procedure, rather than total number of cases performed. Thousands of UPPPs alone are performed every year by surgeons with only a 40% success rate. If this is the only operation that’s offered, without a plan to address the tongue either simultaneously or at a later point, then your chances of success is no better than 40%.

7. Do they use the Friedman staging system? This is a simple screening tool where by looking at the size of your tonsils and your tongue position, you can predict whether or not a UPPP alone can have an 80% chance of success. Most people will fall into the “unfavorable” category, but if you meet the “favorable” criteria, a UPPP alone may be a good option, as long as you understand that there’s still about a 20% chance of failure.

8. How comfortable are they performing tongue base procedures? Do they have experience with multiple procedures or are they very good at just one? Are they able to perform any of the minimally invasive tongue base procedures in addition to the standard techniques?

9. How well do they work with your sleep doctor and/or dentist to coordinate your care? Is he or she willing to combine multiple treatment options if necessary? Sometimes dental devices or surgery can make CPAP more tolerable by lowering the necessary pressure.

10. Do you trust your surgeon? You must be comfortable and have a good rapport before you undergo any invasive procedure. Get second or third opinions. No matter how technically skilled the surgeon is, if there’s no bedside manner or if the staff is rude, it will eventually show in the quality of your care. As with any doctor, the focus must be on you as a whole person, rather than an isolated surgical procedure.

As you can see there’s no one best solution for treating sleep apnea. There are general recommended guidelines and conservative options must be tried before surgery, but even with surgery, many different paths can be taken, since every patient is different with individual needs. If you’re considering surgery, find someone that you’re comfortable with, and develop a good relationship with that surgeon.

About the Author

Now that you know how to find the right surgeon, how do you know if you’re choosing the right treatment option? For a free report on “The Truth About Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery,” go to http://www.thetruthaboutosasurgery.com. Dr. Steven Y. Park is an otolaryngologist and author of Sleep, Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired. It was endorsed by New York Times best-selling authors Christiane Northrup, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., Mark Liponis, M.D., Mary Shomon, and many others. http://www.sleepinterrupted.com

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The benefits of CPAP Machine

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP machine is recognized as the most common form of treatment for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the patient’s breathing is marked with frequent pauses throughout the sleep. While the patient is unlikely to be aware of this disorder, one can go in for a diagnosis based on its symptoms such as snoring, obesity, morning headaches, irritability, mood swings, memory difficulties, etc.

CPAP treatment aims to keep the airways open free from blockages by delivering regulated air pressure continuously. All you need to get started with the CPAP treatment is the CPAP machine and sleep apnea mask. The sleep apnea mask is a special mask that settles snugly over a person’s nose and mouth. The CPAP machine then blows air through the flexible tubes gently into the pressurized mask which goes into the patient’s throat to remove any blockages.

Since CPAP machines are very expensive, it is advisable to rent one before you actually buy it. Test the machine to make sure that it is effective and suits your comfort and medical condition. If you find the machine unsuitable during the trial, you could easily switch over to another machine. This way, based on trial and error, you can find a machine best suited for your needs and then purchase it.

There are many options in CPAP machines and masks in the market. Respironics, SleepStyle, Sandman are some of the most popular and undoubtedly high performing brands. Consult your doctor to determine which mask and machine is best suited to your sleeping condition.

CPAP equipment has been proven to be highly effective in reducing the frequency of apnea episodes. Apart from treating sleep apnea, CPAP therapy is also known to have improved the patient’s concentration and alertness and reduce the possibilities of a stroke or heart attack, lower blood pressure and diabetic conditions.

Before purchasing a CPAP machine, check with your insurance company as to whether the equipment providers are within their network. A CPAP machine is quite a substantial investment and you would require its full cost to be covered. If your sleep apnea therapy spans for a longer duration, you may update it with recent technological advancements in consultation with your doctor. You can do this with trials at a fraction of the cost instead of purchasing every new machine that comes out.

It is normal for any first time user to feel a little discomfort during CPAP therapy. Nasal pillows, skin moisturizer, chin strap, etc. will help you gradually acclimatize with the machine.

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For more information on CPAP machines or CPAP parts in Toronto, please visit www.cpapclinic.ca or call 1-877-430-CPAP.

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Sleep Apnea and Oximeter

Apnea, or ‘Apnoea‘, is a technical term for suspension of breathing. An apnea event is defined as a breath cessation for a minimum of 10 minutes, with a neurological arousal and/or a blood oxygen desaturation of three to four or greater. Sleep apnea is a breath disorder during sleep which may cause serious consequences such as heart failure.

There are three types of sleep apnea are central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and complex sleep apnea (the combination of the two types). Central sleep apnea is caused by the imbalance of brain respiratory control center, while obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the obstruction of airway by decreased muscle tone or increased soft tissue around the airway (e.g. obesity or aging). Obstructive sleep apnea makes up about 84% of sleep apnea cases; the complex sleep apnea makes up about 15% and the central sleep apnea makes up 0.4%. [1]

The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea commonly include loud snoring, restless sleep, and sleepiness during the daytime. The treatment of this type of sleep apnea is usually the use of breathing treatments, such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Other habits that contribute to symptoms of sleep apnea is smoking, drinking alcohol, or losing large amounts of weight.

Due to the drop of oxygen level and increase of carbon dioxide level during sleep, hypoxia and hypercapnia are usually the results of central sleep apnea. Consequently, hypoxia and hypercapnia have effects on human body and could result in more serious health issues, angina, arrhythmias, heart attacks or at worst sudden death. [2]

Diagnostic tests of sleep apnea include home oximetry or polysomnograph readings in a sleep clinic. Oximeters that measures blood oxygen levels are a necessary device to measure normal stats in a person’s body while their asleep. According to the results of a study published in the Jan. 15 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine.

“The practical purpose of diagnostic assessment in most cases of obstructive sleep apnea is to predict which patients have symptoms that will improve on treatment. Portable monitors record primarily oxygen saturation, can be used at home without supervision, and are cheaper [than polysomnography].”

OctiveTech oximeters offer a flexible and affordable way for sleep apnea sufferers and their doctors to monitor their blood saturation during sleep. We especially recommend the handhelds that alarm at a certain low blood oxygen concentration.

References:
[1] Mayo Clinic Discovers New Type Of Sleep Apnea, ScienceDaily, 2006
[2] Sleep apnea, Wikipedia

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Cpap Users

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cpap users.How do you cool the air on hot nights?
I tied an ice pack on the humidifier condensation formed . I sucked water

You can remove the reservoir (if yours has one) and just have it blowing air. My husband does this when it’s humid.

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This is What Snoring Prevention is All About

Producing or making high or low tone noses at night while sleeping is termed as snoring. Snoring is basically caused due to vibrations of soft muscles tissues in the throat. Excessive smoking and drinking leads to the nasal obstruction which causes snoring. Snoring is also caused due to over saturation of unwanted fats or muscles around the throat which causes blockage in the regular air flow. Nowadays snoring has become a major cause of concern throughout the world. Obesity plays a vital role to add to the cause of snoring.

How to prevent snoring

Proper diet
Proper diet plays a very important role that prevents you from snoring. Excessive consumption of dairy products will increase your snoring to a greater extend. So you should stay away from dairy products which will help you prevent your snoring. Spicy and pungent food like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom will dry the excess mucus to prevent snoring. Intake of nutritious food and improving your fitness level will help significantly to cure snoring.

Steam inhalation
Steam inhalation helps you to prevent snoring by clearing your nasal congestion by sending vapors towards your nose. In a bowl of steaming water you should add few drops of essential oil and take deep inhalation by covering your head by a towel over a bowl full of steaming water. Nasal congestion leads to the vibration of the soft tissue which causes snoring. Steam inhalation prevents snoring by clearing your nasal congestion.

Loosing weight
Loosing weight prevents snoring by reducing the fatty tissue. It thus helps to reduce the fatty tissue which is present in your airway. Research tells that loosing weight can stop your snoring problem.

Improving your sleeping posture
Sleeping on your side can cure your snoring problem. If you are sleeping on your back you are making your snoring worse. Sleeping on your back makes your tongue to slide backwards which force the air through a narrow passage creating noisy vibration which leads to snoring. You should make a habit of sleeping on your side.

Continuous positive airway pressure
This is a device which helps to control your snoring and sleep apnea. A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) pulls the air of the room and pumps a controlled air through a flexible hose to a mask worn over the nose, mouth, or both which helps you to keep your airway open.
There are many modern products available online or any pharmaceutical shops available easily. Some of these are as follows

Snore relief throat rinse
Throat rinse lubricates your throat tissue to reduce the vibration of your loose tissue and it controls your snoring. Before going to bed rinse the back of your throat with atleast 2 teaspoon of snore relief throat rinse for 10-15 seconds. Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes before or after rinsing to have maximum effect.

Nasal strips
Nasal strips are flexible worn on the nose which gently opens your nasal passages which helps you to breathe more easily. To have maximum effect use the nasal strips continuously for 6 to 7 nights.

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    What is the best CPAP Mask Out There today?

    Hello, I’d like to know what is the best over-all CPAP mask that is sold on the market today?

    hello i am a DME supplier and the one that goes out to most patients and the one that I prefer the most is called “profile lite ” by resperonics its got a blue gel filling and feels very comfortable many patients love it as do i.

    Findings Suggest Optimal Dose And Delivery Mode For Premature Infants Needing Oxygen
    A national study involving a UT Southwestern Medical Center neonatologist provides new insight into how much oxygen preterm infants should receive as well as the optimal way to deliver it to them. Researchers at UT Southwestern and 19 other academic medical centers found that the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which blows air through an infant’s nostrils to gently inflate the …

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    Cpap Or Bipap

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    how can i find a used bipap or cpap machine thru private parties to avoid the medical red tape?

    have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea? you don’t want to use a machine if you don’t know for sure that is what can help with your symptoms. If in doubt see either a neurologist or Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist.

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    Resmed Cpap S8 Elite

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    Cpap Used Machines

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    I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and was prescribed a CPAP with. As I have used this thing?

    I slept for about the device used a week, but can not stay with her in the very long? How long does it take to adjust these things. I am determined to use it.

    My husband has one. It will take a while. You may need an adjustment. Is it a car tytration (sp?) How are the belts? Are they too tight? Check this again. My husband still sometimes take from it in the middle of the night, because he can not breathe. He has allergies. Give it to take some time. If you are using to get it, you'll feel better. Hang in there. 😉

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