2017 CSS Conference
Friday Technologist Program
Friday, April 28 2017
7:00 am - 7:00 pmRegistration Open
7:45 am - 8:00 amWelcome
Michael Eden RPSGT, RST, Chair of Education Committee, Canadian Sleep Society
Welcome address and opening of Education Day
8:00 am - 8:30 amCredentials and Exam Prep
Speaker: Laree Fordyce B.Tech, RPSGT, RST, CCRP, Technical Director, Sound Sleep Solutions
Learning Objectives 
  • Pathways to RPSGT/RST.  
  • To prepare Polysomnographic Technologists to write and pass the BRPT or AASM registration exams.  
  • To earn RPSGT and/or RST credentials
8:30 am - 9:15 amCase Studies
Speaker: Dr. Satyendra Sharma MD, FRCPC, FCCP, FAASM, Medical Director, Centre of Sleep and Chronobiology, University of Manitoba
This will be an interactive session where audience will be encouraged to participate in discussions.

Learning Objectives: The objective is to prepare for challenging cases that will present in the sleep laboratory:
  1. Case presentation and discuss the legal implications of decisions about driving
  2. Case presentation and discuss violent behavior during sleep
  3. Case presentation and discuss sexual behavior during sleep
9:15 am - 10:00 amParasomnias
Speaker: Jesse Tallon BHSc. RRT, PSGT, President & Director of Operations, Quality Sleep Care
Interesting cases involving parasomnias.   

Learning Objectives
  • To understand how patients will present in the sleep lab, and how to diagnose these disorders.
10:00 am - 10:15 amHealth Break and Exhibits Open
10:15 am - 11:00 amALS and Sleep
Andrea Loewen MD, FRCPC, DABIM (Sleep), Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Alberta Health Services, University of Calgary
Discussion about sleep in patients with Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). 

Learning Objectives:
  • To educate technologists and clinicians about ALS and how it presents in sleep facilities.
11:00 am - 12:00 pmNarcolepsy
Speaker: Dr. Indra Narang MEDSCI, MBBCH, FRCPCH, MD, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
New and innovative research in the field of Narcolepsy. 

Learning Objectives
  • To understand how patients with Narcolepsy are diagnosed and treated for the disorder.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch & Exhibits Open
1:00 pm - 1:45 pmRespiratory Anatomy & Physiology
Speaker: Debra Medin Med RRT RPSGT, Clinical Resource Specialist, Pulmonary, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Learning Objectives: 
  • Interpret a number of blood gas results as they relate to sleep-disordered breathing. 
  • Distinguish the abnormalities of blood gas exchange as these relate to obstructive and central breathing events during sleep.
1:45 pm - 2:30 pmObesity Hypoventilation
Speaker: Dr. Willis Tsai MD, FRCPC, FAASM, MSc, Clinical Professor, University of Calgary
Discussion about Obesity Hypoventilation. 

Learning Objectives
  • To understand this patient population and how they present in the sleep laboratory. 
  • To learn specific respiratory patterns
2:30 pm - 3:15 pmHumidification and Pressure Relief for PAP Therapy
Speaker: James Sayegh RPSGT, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
An understanding of the importance and role of humidification in PAP therapy, as well as the role and proper use of pressure relief technologies during PAP titrations and once the patient is at home. The overall impact on compliance will also be discussed.
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmDifficult and Challenging PAP Titrations
Speaker: Michele Ostrowski R.PSG.T, Sleep Consultant, MICHELE Sleep Consulting

Review simple to complex sleep disordered breathing.
Titration of simple to complex sleep disorder breathing.

Learning objectives:

  • To better understand the differences in many types of sleep disorder breathing, titration and treatment options.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmAnnual General Meeting (AGM) of the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS)
Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS).
All current member of the CSS are invited to attend the AGM. Don't miss important updates on society finances, reports from board members, and plans for the future. This is your chance to have a say in activities and initiatives of the society.
6:30 pm - 8:00 pmWelcome Reception
An opportunity to enjoy a drink and network. Includes a traditional White Hat Ceremony. 

All attendees and exhibitors are invited to this reception hosted in the Foyer and Exhibit Hall for an opportunity to enjoy a drink and network. The White Hat Ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Calgary, a symbol of the Western hospitality and good cheer we like to share with visiting guests. The white Smithbilt hat has been bestowed on numerous celebrities and dignitaries on their visits to our city since the 1950s, when Calgary's Mayor, Don MacKay, started the tradition.

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