Sleeping Duty: Improving Patients' Sleep Health for Enhanced Occupational and Public Safety
Compass PointsPremiere Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
This activity offers CE credit for:
- Physicians (CME)
All other clinicians will either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.
Credit Expiration Date:
Thursday, February 21, 2013
|Monique Johnson, MD, CCMEP
Medical Program Director
CME Outfitters, LLC
Unhealthy sleep, whether related to insufficient quantity of sleep (i.e., sleep deprivation) or poor sleep quality (i.e., sleep disorders), is common and represents a significant public health problem. Furthermore, it is a problem about which the Institute of Medicine stated that "awareness among the general public and health care professionals is low, given the burden." An estimated 50 - 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, and a significant number of others average 6 hours of sleep per day despite the general heuristic that most adults require 7 - 9 hours of sleep each night to be and feel fully rested. Whether due to poor quantity or quality, unhealthy sleep generally manifests clinically as the symptom of excessive sleepiness (ES). Despite its being common, ES is often undetected, and its underlying causes are not recognized. And even when ES is detected, the associated hazards to occupational health and public safety are often underappreciated.
This neuroscienceCME Compass Points article will assist clinicians in identifying risks to occupational health and safety related to sleep deprivation and sleep disorders and in counseling patients about these risks.
- Colten HR, Altevogt BM, eds; and the Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2006. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11617. Accessed February 15, 2012.
- [No author listed]. Initiative to help educate Americans about-sleep-smarts. Occupational Health and Safety [magazine] Website. http://ohsonline.com/articles/2008/08/initiative-to-help-educate-americans-about-sleep-smarts.aspx?sc_lang=en. Published August 4, 2008. Accessed February 12, 2012.
To increase the frequency at which clinicians discuss hazards to occupational health and public safety with patients who have excessive sleepiness during times when optimal functioning is required and to inform learners about the long-term consequences of sleep deprivation and/or poor sleep quality, assisting clinicians in identifying patients who are at risk for occupational and safety issues related to sleep disorders.
At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:
- Identify risks to occupational health and public safety that are related to sleep deprivation and sleep disorders.
- Deliver evidence-based counseling messages to patients about the risks of unhealthy sleep to occupational health and public safety.
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