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Issue 37: February 2014
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Information for Doctors

Sleep Services
The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorder Centre
The Wesley Hospital
1800 119 446

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Sunshine Coast Sleep Disorders Centre
Nambour Selangor Private
(07) 5459 7444
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Thoracic Services
The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory
(07) 3870 0858
lung@tsgq.com.au
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The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit
(07) 3876 9033
reception@jfeenstra.com.au
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The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit 'Breathwise'
(07) 3232 7048
twh.physio@uchealth.com.au
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CPAP Equipment Sales & Rental Enquiries
(07) 3870 1120
cpap@tsgq.com.au

Specialist Physicians


Dr Andrew Scott
Ph: (07) 3876 8405
Fax: (07) 3870 3212
scott.reception@wesley.com.au



Dr John Feenstra
Ph: (07) 3876 9033
Fax: (07) 3871 3222
reception@jfeenstra.com.au

Find out more about other members of the TSGQ team.

In Other News

Sleep Disorders In Children, What Are The Implications?

Two new studies published in the January 2014 edition of ‘Sleep’ focused on treatment and outcome in children, treated for obstructive sleep apnoea. These two studies are important as they focused on the longitudinal prospective analysis for both treatment, and neurocognitive outcome. read more

Elevated Blood Pressure In Children With Sleep Opnoea

The prevalence of childhood sleep apnoea in today’s society is becoming increasingly recognised. In adults, sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with elevated blood pressure (BP), which correlates to severity of the disease.  read more

Children Snore Too

Obstructive sleep apnoea, (OSA) is a disorder in which airway passages become narrowed or completely blocked during sleep, leading to low oxygen levels and poor sleep.  read more

Declining Number Of Smokers

Smoking prevalence has markedly decrease in Australia since 1980, according to research conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. read more

Dear Doctors,

The Thoracic and Sleep Group (QLD) are proud to announce that The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorders Centre, and The Sunshine Coast Sleep Disorders have received Accreditation with the NATA/ASA Sleep Disorders Services (SDS) Accreditation Program, from January 2014. The National Authority of Testing Authorities Australia (NATA) have developed a rigorous standard for Sleep Disorders Services in Australia, and we're pleased to be the first Private Hospital service in Australia to meet this level.

The Sleep Disorders Services Accreditation Program is now run jointly between NATA and the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA), and a Sleep Disorders Services Accreditation Advisory Committee (SDSAAC) oversees the program.

This process formally recognises the professional standards and competence of our medical and technical practice of sleep disorders. This also reflects the commitment to providing a complete sleep service of the highest standard to our patients. The inclusion of the ISO requirements to the existing Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) standards brings our sleep disorders services accreditation to an internationally recognised level. 

Our Sleep Disorders Centres offer prompt access in both inpatient and outpatient assessment, within state of the art facilities, undertaken by highly trained staff. With this accreditation your patients can be assured they will be cared for in a credentialled cente, that meets national and international competency in all areas of sleep medicine.

For more information, please feel free to contact our head office Ph 1800 119 446.

 

    Pharmacological Possibility for the Treatment of OSA 
    New treatment for OSA aims to target upper airway muscles.

    Serum Uric Acid as a Predictor of mortality and future exacerbations of COPD
    Serum uric acid, a widely available and rapidly measured biomarker, as a predictor of clinically important outcomes in patients with COPD.

    Effects of Quetiapine on Sleep Architecture: Growing  concerns over harmful adverse events
    Little evidence of Quetiapine efficacy for off-label treatment of sleeping disorders

    Broad-Spectrum Antimicrobial Therapy Found To Be Equally As Effective In Treating Children Pneumonia
    Similar outcomes for children hospitalised with pneumonia regardless of whether treated with "big gun" antibiotics.

    Pregnancy and Sleep Disorders
    Mechanical and hormonal changes occurring in pregnancy affect regular sleep routine, sleep duration and pattern. 

We hope you enjoy this edition and welcome your feedback. You can email the editor with any feedback or suggestions for both articles and news at editor@tsgq.com.au. - The Editor

Sleep Medicine News

Effects of Quetiapine on Sleep Architecture: Growing  concerns over harmful adverse events  
Quetiapine is an FDA approved atypical antipsychotic agent used to treat schizophrenia, major depressive disorder (MDD) and both manic and depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder. The prescribing of low doses of quetiapine used off-label for the treatment of insomnia and other sleeping disorders has become widespread, however evidence for its efficacy is currently lackingread more
 
Pharmacological Possibility for the Treatment of OSA
The current gold standard treatment for OSA is CPAP therapy.  In some patients however, compliance can be poor and treatment refused.  Therefore alternative treatment models have been sought. In a recent edition of SLEEP, Wirth and colleagues described a new pharmacological concept for the treatment of OSA that aims to target upper airway dilating muscles.  read more
 
Pregnancy and Sleep Disorders
Sleep complaints are a common occurrence in pregnancy that are in part due to pregnancy-associated anatomic and physiological changes but may also be due to pathological causes. Mechanical and hormonal changes occurring in pregnancy affect regular sleep routine, sleep duration and pattern. Sleep disorders that have been reported to be triggered or worsened by pregnancy include periodic leg movements (PLM), leg cramps, restless legs syndrome (RLS), sleepwalking, night terror, insomnia and narcolepsy. read more


Thoracic Medicine News

Broad-Spectrum Antimicrobial Therapy Found To Be Equally As Effective In Treating Children with Pneumonia


Children hospitalized for pneumonia have similar outcomes, including length of stay and costs, regardless of whether they are treated with “big gun” antibiotics such as ceftriaxone or cefotaxime or more narrowly focused antibiotics such as ampicillin or penicillin, according to a Vanderbilt study published in Pediatrics. read more

 
Serum Uric Acid as a Predictor of Mortality and Future Exacerbations of COPD

Novel findings: Serum uric acid, a widely available and rapidly measured biomarker, is a predictor of clinically important outcomes in a prospective cohort of patients with COPD.  read more


Thoracic & Sleep Group News

A warm welcome back to Tina Schurmann, a valuable member of TSGQ, who recently travelled Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya over the new year holiday season.  If you think this face looks familiar, you are probably right. Tina spends considerable time liaising with General Practitioners throughout the greater Brisbane district. At TSGQ we are dedicated to education and awareness of thoracic and sleep disorders and supplying quality, state of the art diagnosis, treatment and patient care. With a fresh start to the year, Tina will be visiting you to discuss our specialised and bulk billing sleep and respiratory services. If you would like more information or an educational discussion on any range of interest in sleep and respiratory health please call Tina on (07) 3870 1120


Home Based Sleep Studies

The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorders Centre offers uninsured patients a Home Based Sleep Study that is bulk billed!
Please contact our office to have a referral pad sent out or download a referral here.

Phone:   (07) 3870 1120
Fax:       (07) 3870 0233
Email:     admin@tsgq.com.au

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory


SAME DAY APPOINTMENT,
SAME DAY REPORTING

Please contact our office to have a referral pad sent out or download a referral here.

GUARANTEED SAME DAY REPORTING!

Phone:   (07) 3870 0858
Fax:       (07) 3870 2608
Email:    lung@tsgq.com.au

Bulk Billed Lung Function Tests:

  • Spirometry
  • Complicated lung function test (CO transfer and lung volumes)
  • Bronchial provocation testing (Mannitol)
  • 6 minute walk testing
  • Allergen skin testing
  • High altitude simulation testing
  • Fraction Expired NO (FeNO)


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