Sleep Apnea Cause for Post-Op Complications
According to a study in the October issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery, there is a questionnaire available to help identify patients undergoing surgery to identify whether they have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and whether they are at a higher risk for post-operative complications of the heart and lungs.
The questionnaire was administered by a team led by Tajender S. Vasu, M.D., of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia to 135 patients who were about to undergo elective surgery. The study compared the number of patients with high and low OSA with those that had post-op complications using the questionnaire called the “STOP-BANG,” which is an acronym for identifiable signs of OSA: Snoring, Tiredness during the day, Observed apnea, high blood Pressure, Body mass index, Age, Neck circumference and Gender.
Of the 41.5% of patients that had high risk scores for OSA from the questionnaire, 19.6% had post-op complications, compared to 1.3% who had low OSA scores. The study was able to demonstrate that a high risk score for OSA on the STOP-BANG test is associated with post surgical complications, providing physicians with a means to identify those patients prior to their surgery.
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