Gathering in Beijing a Great Success!
NAPST Beijing 2010: Asia-Pacific Sleep Matters
2010 Beijing Sleep Medicine Forum, and the Joint Sleep Training Course between PHPKU and NAPST
April 16 – 18, 2010 at the People’s Hospital, Peking University (PHPKU)
By Carol Yoshimura, RRT/RPSGT and Glenn Roldan, RPSGT
2010 is the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese Astrological Calendar, an astrological sign that represents strength of character, readiness to respond to new circumstances as necessary and so it is fitting that the 2010 Asia meeting of the Network of Asia-Pacific Sleep Technologists (NAPST) was held in the capital city of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing. The meeting, held in conjunction with the Peking University People’s Hospital, was held April 16 to 18, 2010 and provided 22.25 CECs through the AAST. Its focus was to strengthen the participants’ knowledge of the basics of Polysomnographic technology, present updates on the newest developments in sleep medicine and to prepare them to become resources of information of sleep medicine for their respective communities. The participants came from all parts of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and the U.S. The meeting entailed not only lectures on Polysomnographic Technology but hands on mask fittings, CPAP compliance and hook-up procedures. Information regarding board certification was presented to the audience as currently there are only two RPSGT’s in China. The main issues that arose regarding board certification were cost and taking the exam in one’s native language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean). Many of the Polysomnographic technologists have bachelor degrees in the health sciences field and undergo rigorous training and exams. In some Asian countries, there is no distinction/pay differentiation if they were to obtain the RPSGT designation. In Japan for example, many of the polysomnographic technologists are medical technologists. In order to work in a sleep laboratory they must meet the requirements and pass the medical technology exams.
South Korea, Japan, and China now have the new AASM Scoring Manual translated into their own language. The AASM is working with the respective countries to create a sleep board for physicians, this will soon be offered as well. We look forward to seeing you in our next Asian meeting in Singapore, July 2011!
NAPST Preliminary Program: AASM Scoring Rules, Complex Sleep Apnea and Hypoventilation, Assisted-Servo Ventilation – Respironics, Sleep-Related Movement Disorders, Defining Sleep Technologist Competency, Asia-Pacific Sleep Technologist Forum, Patient Treatment Compliance, Patient Sleep Education Survey