Oxygen Users: Stay Safe

If you are using oxygen in your home, you need to take extra steps to ensure your safety. Oxygen can be a fire hazard but this is often forgotten or overlooked. Take these precautions to keep your home safe. Never smoke or allow anyone else to smoke around oxygen. The... [Details]


Get a Better Night's Sleep

Do people complain about your snoring? Do you wake up feeling tired and sluggish? You could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a potentially serious disorder in which your breathing is actually stopping and starting. More than 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, and 20 million suffer... [Details]


New CPAP Equipment is a Dream

Technology has made sleep therapy more comfortable than ever before. Oneida Health Support now offers its patients DreamStation CPAP machines and DreamWear masks. They are the newest models from Philips Respironics. “We’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from our patients about how comfortable the DreamWear is,” says Tim Curtis, RRT.... [Details]


Home Sleep Testing

If you or your doctor suspects you have sleep apnea, an overnight sleep study is the best way to confirm it. For a select group of patients, a home sleep study may make sense. Home sleep tests are only used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients meeting certain criteria... [Details]


Women & Sleep Apnea

When people think of sleep apnea, they tend to think about loud snorers. And they tend to assume only men have sleep disorders. But that’s not the case. A surprising number of women are living with sleep apnea. The risk increases three times after menopause. “I was so exhausted after... [Details]


Central New Yorkers are Not Getting Enough Sleep

One in three Americans does not get enough sleep on a regular basis, raising their risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, U.S. health authorities said Thursday. Sleep experts at St. Joseph’s Sleep Laboratories agree; Central New Yorkers are not getting enough shut-eye. According to the... [Details]


Washing Your CPAP Equipment

Shop Our CPAP Products Products Today! Clean CPAP tubing, mask, headgear and connectors daily. Clean CPAP humidifiers weekly. Unplug your CPAP machine from its power source to eliminate danger of electrical shock. Disconnect your mask from CPAP tubing.  If your mask has a headgear, detach it.  If there are other... [Details]


Could You Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea?

By Mary Jane Luke, RRT Shop Our Respiratory Products Today!    When I was in my late fifties, I was having difficulty sleeping. I would go to bed exhausted, sleep two to three hours, suddenly wake up, sometimes drenched in perspiration, and then lay awake for several hours, and then get... [Details]


How Can a Respiratory Therapist Help You?

Shop Our Respiratory Products Products Today! Franciscan Companies’ Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) are instrumental in carrying out our mission; they personally work with patients every day, helping them to live home and live well. However, if you were asked to name the people who work at a healthcare facility, your... [Details]