Sleep experts from Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport will host a Sleep Apnea and Mask-Fitting Fair on Wednesday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth Street. Anyone with questions about sleep apnea or specific concerns about their treatment equipment are 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. If you need additional information, contact Michael Stout at 541-574-4885, ext. 2102.