Obstructive sleep apnea: preoperative assessment.

  title={Obstructive sleep apnea: preoperative assessment.},
  author={Edwin Chuen Ping Seet and Frances Chung},
  journal={Anesthesiology clinics},
  volume={28 2},
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most prevalent breathing disturbance in sleep. It is linked to a host of preexisting medical conditions, and associated with poorer postoperative outcomes. Screening and vigilance during the preoperative assessment identifies patients at high risk of obstructive sleep apnea. Further diagnostic tests may be performed, and plans can be made for tailored intraoperative care. The STOP and the STOP-Bang questionnaires are useful screening tools. Patients with a known… CONTINUE READING

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