Anesthesia Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
ARC Journal of Anesthesiology
In the United States, an estimated 82% of men and 92% of women with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have not been diagnosed. 1 Combined with the fact that Americans' waist lines are expanding, it is expected that these numbers will increase. This study takes a well-known obstructive sleep apnea screening questionnaire, STOP-BANG, and attempts to identify a positive test score with potential risks and complications for surgical patients requiring anesthesia. In addition, this
... n addition, this study attempts to look at the relationship between the patients' BMI and intraoperative and postoperative complications. This study also attempts to determine if STOP-BANG-positive patients require longer postoperative recovery times. Anesthesia providers care for many patients who may fit the profile of having OSA. Undiagnosed OSA patients may potentially place themselves at a higher risk for complications during the perioperative period. It is beneficial for those patients to be flagged with utilization of a preoperative assessment tool such as STOP-BANG. By identifying the at-risk patients early, measures can be taken to increase safety and improve outcomes.