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Nov052010

81% of Hospital Patients are at High Risk for OSA - Study

Eighty-one percent may sound high, but the numbers of patients being diagnosed with OSA, or at least having the risk factors of OSA is climbing steadily.  The follow study by Loyola University sheds interesting light on this phenomenon and explains what health care professionals can do to help patients.  A brief snippet of the press release follows.

Eighty-one percent of hospital patients are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a Loyola University Health System study has found.

The findings suggest that hospitals should consider giving patients a five-minute screening test to identify those who are at high risk.

Sleep specialist Dr. Sunita Kumar and colleagues administered an eight-question obstructive sleep apnea screening questionnaire known as STOP-BANG to patients during a single day at Loyola University Hospital. Patients were excluded if they were on a breathing tube, on sedatives or had altered mental status.

Of the 195 patients surveyed, 157 (80.5 percent) were at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, meaning they answered “Yes” to at least three questions on the STOP-BANG questionnaire.

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