Published in MD Week, November 19th, 2010
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...
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