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Hospital Checklist For Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients 

"The ASAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing injury, disability and death from sleep apnea and to enhancing the well-being of those affected by this common disorder." 

American Sleep Apnea Association - 06/2007

In this document all uses of the term CPAP apply to any type of Positive Airway Pressure device for the treatment of sleep apnea, including CPAP, BiPAP and auto-titrating PAP devices.

For Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients, there is a lot to learn about OSA and how it is treated. Patients need to understand how other events or activities can impact OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA and take any necessary steps to ensure that apnea is treated effectively. The use of CPAP therapy while hospitalized is one area of importance.

For effective treatment, OSA patients must use CPAPs anytime while sleeping. When hospitalized, many patients leave their CPAPs at home, trusting that physicians and nurses will know how to manage OSA. However, they often find out that hospital staff are not aware that the patient has OSA or that the hospital staff are not prepared to care for OSA. Inadequate care of OSA while hospitalized can, among other things, impair healing, worsen pain and increase blood pressure, all leading to longer hospital stays and delayed recovery. Additionally, the use of narcotic pain medications and the lingering after-effects of anesthesia can make OSA worse.

This Patient Education Bulletin specifically addresses issues about CPAP while hospitalized. Many of the items may also be applicable to procedures done in an outpatient surgical center.

Much of the comfort of CPAP treatment depends on using the proper mask and headgear. You are used to the mask you have been using and should be allowed to use it in the hospital.

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Shelby Twp., MI 48315
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