Missed the March Journal Club on sleep apnea? Review key points here.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which the flow of air pauses or decreases during breathing while sleeping because the airway has become narrowed, blocked, or floppy. Denise Matteson, BSN, RN, CAPA, presented the research on perioperative management of obstructive sleep apnea at the March Journal Club. If you weren’t able to attend, here are the key points.
- Despite improved awareness and increased frequency of diagnosis, numerous patients still undergo surgery with undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
- Because of limited data regarding the management of undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea there is not a defined pathway or protocol to define who will need closer monitoring
- By using a tool to identify undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea with the use of Pulse Oximetry patients can be identified prior to respiratory complications.
- Authors support further development of a screening tool, but would like the tool to be used universal. There are several tools to use but limited information as to which tool is most useful.
Access the article here: Perioperative Management of Sleep Apnea. For a list of prior Journal Club articles, please visit the Journal Club link on the Nursing website. -Cathaleen Ley, Ph.D, RN, Chair, Nursing Research Council