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Sleep Apnea Study Can Help Identify Patients at Risk for Surgical Complications 

At TheCPAPPeople.com, we try to stay informed of changes in diagnosis techniques and the rising levels of diagnosis of OSA.  The following information from Thomas Jefferson Institute is quite interesting.

As Americans get heavier and heavier, the incidence of obstructive sleep apnea increases, and results from two clinical studies presented at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010 reinforce the need for physicians to screen for the disorder prior to surgery in order to appropriately manage the patient in the operating room.

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    A research team from the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has utilized a simple, eight-item pre-operative questionnaire about obstructive sleep apnea syndrome that could help identify patients at risk for complications following surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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