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On-Demand Webinars on Positional OSA Series

Today, managing sleep patients has proven difficult—from diagnosis to patient acceptance to successful treatment and adherence. To help improve patient acceptance and adherence, we need to reconsider how we diagnose sleep disorders, treat sleep patients more efficiently and make therapy easier to use. The webinar series focuses on treating positional OSA, new positional alternative therapy now available and clinical evidence to support this treatment.

Positional OSA: Overview and Clinical Approaches



Professor Raphael Heinzer, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, and Director at the Center for Investigation and Research in Sleep

University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland


Professor Nico DeVries, MD, PhD

ENT Specialist

OLVG West Hospital

Amsterdam, Netherlands



It is time to start rethinking how we treat Positional OSA (POSA).  Not only rethinking the assumptions about the diagnosis process but also the alternative therapy devices available to treat POSA.  In this webinar, Professor Heinzer and Professor de Vries, reclaimed Sleep key opinion leaders, will discuss  POSA, its prevalence and patient demographics, and the history of alternative mechanical devices to treat POSA patients.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Upon completion of this activity, the attendee will be able to:

  2. Recognized Positional OSA more easily.

  3. Discuss the prevalence and patient demographics of Positional OSA.

  4. Discuss alternative mechanical devices to treat Positional OSA patients.



Advances in OSA Management: Treatment of Positional 
Obstructive Sleep Apnea



Helene A. Emsellem, MD

Director of The Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders

Chevy Chase, MD



Positional Obstructive Sleep Apnea (POSA) is not a new disorder. It has long been recognized that sleep position can affect the severity of OSA. Positional therapy, along with weight management, is one of the most commonly used methods for treating POSA patients. There are many sleep devices on the market today to prevent sleeping in the supine position, however, they are not without limitations.  Today, we will discuss just how far we have come since treating POSA patients with the tennis ball technique.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Discuss the limitations of existing positional devices used to treat Positional OSA (POSA) patients.

  2. Describe new technological therapy treatment for Positional OSA.

  3. Describe how to screen POSA patients for Positional therapy.

  4. Describe best practices for prescribing NightBalance for POSA patients.



New Clinical Evidence for the Treatment of 
Positional OSA



Brian Abaluck, MD

Elizabeth King, CNP

Brian Abaluck, LLC

Paoli, PA 



There are many benefits to treating OSA; however, there is no one size fits all solution. When a patient is diagnosed with Positional OSA, is using traditional therapy most effective? Should we seek alternative therapies? In this webinar, Dr. Abaluck will review new evidence available on treating Positional OSA with NightBalance positional therapy vs. APAP.  Elizabeth King, Physician Assistant, will discuss the importance of patient follow up after prescribing positional therapy, and answer the most common asked questions by patients.  


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Identify new key findings in the POSAtive Study.

  2. Describe how positional therapy fits in the treatment of POSA.

  3. Recognize the value of the patient portal for both the physician and the patient accessing their data via a smartphone.

Supported by an educational grant 

Philips Healthcare

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