I am also interested in hearing the answer. Here in south Florida there is a plethora of well trained, dedicated Hygienists who are working part-time for Staffing Agencies, or as clinical assistants, and in other industries, because there are not enough opportunities in dental offices. My colleagues in Philadelphia and southern California tell me the situation is similar there.
Do you find this to be the case in YOUR area?
From The Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Job prospects are expected to be favorable in most areas, but will vary by geographical location. Because graduates are permitted to practice only in the State in which they are licensed, hygienists wishing to practice in areas that have an abundance of dental hygiene programs may experience strong competition for jobs.
Projection data from the National Employment Matrix Occupation:
Do you feel that expanding the legal functions of Hygienists, and relaxing their areas of “direct supervision” will alleviate this problem?
The undiagnosed may fit into these categories:
1. Patients have no idea that such a thing as Sleep Apnea exists.
2. They know about, but have no idea that they suffer from, Sleep Apnea .
3. They know they have the symptoms of Sleep Apnea but are in denial.
4. They know they have problems but refuse to do anything about it.
It is very difficult to get these people to want to be screened and diagnosed by just telling them that something is wrong. It is necessary for them to “see” it for themselves and for them to adopt a top down approach – of their own volition.The best way to do this is to educate them in the most simple, effective, non intimidating and cost effective way – we can show them films of OSA victims having sleep events. We must find a way to get them diagnosed and filmed and then show them their results. This is an massive education deficit issue.
American Sleep Apnea Association http://www.sleepapnea.org/i-am-a-health-care-professional.html
Indy Star, Lauran Neergaard, http://www.indystar.com/articles/9/186972-5719-052.html
Detroit Free Press, Bill Dow, http://www.freep.com/news/health/sleep2e_20041102.htm
This may be used as patient education in your web site or as a hand-out.
(Look it up below by clicking on a link.)
Another Question: Is it OK to Put Hot Food Directly Into the Fridge?
Answer: It’s fine to place hot food directly in the refrigerator.
Don’t worry about overheating the fridge — as the U.S. Department of Agriculture points out, the refrigerator’s thermostat will maintain a safe temperature of 40° F or below.
What you do need to worry about is whether the hot food will cool off quickly enough to reach a safe temperature once it’s in the refrigerator. So never put deep containers of hot food in the refrigerator- place the hot food in shallow containers so it will chill quickly.
A large pot of soup or stew, for instance, should be divided into smaller portions and placed in smaller containers before being refrigerated. A large cut of meat or whole poultry should be divided into smaller pieces and wrapped separately or placed in shallow containers before refrigerating.
Here’s a complete safety guide for thousands of foods and beverages. You can keep this on your computer desktop where you can refer to it daily.