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Caring for the patient with obstructive sleep apnea: implications for health care providers in postanesthesia care.
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PMID:  23021446     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder affecting 18 million Americans. The prevalence of OSA is increasing due to an epidemic rise in obesity, which is a major contributing factor. The primary treatment for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure, designed to maintain a patent airway for unobstructed breathing. OSA patients may experience postoperative hypoventilation due to residual anesthetic, analgesic requirements, and other comorbidities. Postoperative health care providers must be prepared to assess for hypoventilation and intervene using evidence-based interventions to improve outcomes. It is incumbent that the PACU nurse be aware of and implement evidence-based clinical guidelines for patients with OSA. Therefore, the purpose of this manuscript is to (1) describe the physiology, comorbidities, diagnosis, and treatment of OSA; (2) identify the effects of anesthesia in persons with OSA; (3) discuss clinical guidelines; and (4) describe implications for care in an effort to improve health outcomes in persons with OSA during the perianesthesia period.
Pamela D Diffee; Michelle M Beach; Norma G Cuellar
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perianesthesia nursing : official journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses / American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1532-8473     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Perianesth. Nurs.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610507     Medline TA:  J Perianesth Nurs     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  329-40     Citation Subset:  N    
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Copyright © 2012 American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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