Newly identified obstructive sleep apnea in hospitalized patients: analysis of an evaluation and treatment strategy.

@article{Nader2006NewlyIO,
  title={Newly identified obstructive sleep apnea in hospitalized patients: analysis of an evaluation and treatment strategy.},
  author={Nizar Z Nader and Jan A Steinel and Dennis H Auckley},
  journal={Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={2 4},
  pages={431-7}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVES Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) case finding in hospitalized patients occurs commonly. In some institutions, the wait time to polysomnography (PSG) may be long. We investigated the impact of a protocol utilizing autoadjusting continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for early initiation of therapy in hospitalized patients suspected of having OSA. METHODS A retrospective chart review of patients with likely OSA (oxygen desaturation index > or =10 desaturations per hour with… CONTINUE READING