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Airborne Hazards Open Burn Registry
gt;gt;Graphic: VA Logo and Seal gt;gt;Narrator: As a Veteran who proudly served, you are aware of the potential hazards of military service. But are you aware that exposure to airbornehazards such as burn pits, oil well fires, and other forms of pollution may cause health issuesé VA's Airborne Hazards and Open Burn PitRegistry was launched to help you report environmental exposures related to your deployments andidentify any related health effects. Participating in the Burn Pit Registry isvoluntary, and you can help improve health awareness and long term health for you and all Veterans.
The registry is open to Veterans and active duty service members who fought in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, were stationed in Djibouti after Sept. 1, 2001,and who were deployed to the Southwest Asia theater of operations after 1991. The registry offers you: Better health awareness, The ability to discuss your questionnairewith a VA health care provider during an optional, free evaluation, Better long term health care from VA,
Access to receive updates from VA about newservices and information, and The possibility of better treatment for currentand future Veterans and Servicemembers with deployment exposure concerns. There is no deadline to sign up. You can participate at any time. gt;gt; Stephen Hunt, National Director, Veterans Affairs PostDeployment Integrated Care Initiative: One of the exciting things for me about theBurn Pit Registry is it's such a step forward in our ways of taking care of Veterans thathave been exposed to things that could be harmful. It's really taking us into new territory thatfirst of all allows the Veteran to document
their concerns in a very comprehensive way, to document their symptoms in a very comprehensive way. It gives us an opportunity to evaluate thesethings up front instead of waiting, several years or decades to take care of these things. And then it really gives us an opportunityto work longterm with Veterans. gt;gt;Narrator: How Can You Participateé Make sure you have a Premium Level 2 DS Logon Account. Visit veteran.mobilehealth.va.govAHBurnPitRegistryto get started. You can complete the online health questionnaire all at once, or log outand return later. It will take about 40 minutes
to complete. Save a copy of the questionnaire for yourrecords and for use when talking to a health care provider. It's that easy. Even if you're not showing any symptomsof exposure to airborne toxins, your participation is still very important. For help with the registry, call 18774705947. If you have health concerns relating to airbornetoxins, talk to your provider or visit the
Burn Pits page at publichealth.va.govto learn more. gt;gt; Hunt: Our goal in the VA is to have 22 millionhealthy Veterans and we want them to get the services and resources that they need to stayhealthy and do well in their lives. gt;gt;Narrator: Join the Burn Pit Registry today and helpanswer the call for better health information about military exposures. gt;gt;Graphic: VA Logo and Seal.
InHome versus InLab Sleep Disorder Studies
Typically everyone used to be evaluated inthe al setting versus at home. But as things are evolving with insurance companies,fewer companies are actually paying for the in lab studies. So I would say the majorityof our practice has become using the inhome sleep studies. If we're just looking for primarysleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea that in home study is very effective.If we are concerned about some other type of parasomnia, movement disorders, those typesof things, those would need to be done in lab where we have more extensive monitoring.Also things like narcolepsy we would send somebody to the lab. If we decide to do aninhome sleep study we would set you up for
an appointment to come back to meet with ourrespiratory therapist and she would help you determine where to put all of the little electrodesthat we use. You have some that go on your chest and some that go under your nose. Soshe would teach you how to set that up for yourself when you get home as well as a littleflow sheet on what to do. You can bring a family member as well to help you remember.Then you take the the equipment home that night with you and basically just do whatshe told you to do as far as hooking everything up and then you go to sleep in your own bedand sleep normally how you would normally do and then the next morning you would getup, take everything off and return the equipment
to us. We would download the information thatwe were able to obtain from that and determine whether you met criteria to diagnose you withsleep apnea or another sleep disorder. The main things that we measure for a home sleepstudy is we measure your oxygen levels and we also measure if we have decreased in yourflow of your breathing or if your breathing actually stops altogether.