Learn about sleep apnea

Michael Stout, sleep medicine clinical technician with Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, demonstrates the proper fit of a CPAP machine. (Courtesy photo)

Event set for June 5 in Newport

Sleep experts from Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital will host a Sleep Apnea and Mask-Fitting Fair on Wednesday, June 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth St., Newport.

Anyone with questions about sleep apnea or specific concerns about their treatment equipment is invited to attend.

Sleep medicine staff, as well as vendors and suppliers of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, machines, will be on hand to answer any questions, help fit CPAP masks and offer tips for better sleep. Additional service providers will be available to discuss sleep apnea-related issues like glaucoma and diabetes.

“We’re hosting this fair because sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder, and when left untreated can cause many health consequences, and we want to get the word out about that,” said Michael Stout, clinical sleep medicine technician and educator at the hospital.

“Also, for those who have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine, they can talk with machine vendors to find out if they are using the machine properly, or if it needs adjusting,” he said. “We hope people will come with lots of questions because we are here to help.”

The Sleep Apnea Fair will have representatives from CPAP vendors Fisher-Paykel, ResMed and Phillips Respironics. CPAP suppliers, Lincare, North Coast Home Medical and Samaritan Medical Supplies will also be there.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For additional information, contact Michael Stout at 541-574-4885, ext. 2102.

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