SASA Conference 2014.

The Conference was told of important developments.

Mr Wilson welcomed everyone to the Annual Conference then introduced the guest speakers and other guests.

There were five guest speakers, and the subjects in their talks covered a wide variety of interesting developments related to sleep apnoea.

In his talk, Dr Eric Livingston, of Glasgow Royal Infirmary, reported on the activities of the British Thoracic Society, the British Lung Foundation, and the Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Advisory Group.   Dr Livingston also provided updated information from the Department of Vehicle Licensing Agency related to matters involving sleep apnoea. He also spoke about the proposed oxygen/CPAP initiative.

Dr Ian Morrison, a consultant neurologist at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, has a specialist clinical interest in the diagnosis and management of patients with    complex sleep behaviour disorders and also epilepsy, and his talk was about understanding the pathogenesis of both rapid eye movement and non-rapid eye  movement sleep disorders and the forensic implications of sleep behaviours.

Julie Kidson, of N.H.S. Shetland, reported on her recent survey of O.S.A. provision in the Shetland Isles.

Stirling based Dr Pramod Subbaraman, of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine, spoke about dental appliances and their use in treating O.S.A., including history and recent developments.

Phyllis Murphie, a respiratory nurse consultant at  Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, detailed ideas about service improvements, with particular reference to telemedicine review and open access clinics.

After the guest speakers a forum/discussion panel followed. The panel answering questions from the floor comprised Kath Hope, of Hope2Sleep; Julie Kidson; Phyllis Murphie; Pramod Subbaraman, and S.A.S.A. representatives.

Members were also able to explore O.S.A. equipment displays by Intus Healthcare, Philips,   ResMed ad Hope2Sleep.

The conference’s sponsors were Dolbymedical,     ResMed and intusHEALTHCARE.