Better Monitoring Reduces Post-op Respiratory Complications

Sending patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who are undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) to the ICU for intensive monitoring during the first postoperative night improves respiratory complication–related outcomes | Anesthesiology News

Patients with OSA have a higher incidence of postoperative respiratory complications, according to researchers from Jikei University, in Tokyo. Certain procedures, such as ESS, may nix the use of post-op continuous positive airway pressure for sleep apnea, according to the researchers. They implemented a policy at their hospital, in 2011, that required all patients with documented or suspected OSA to be admitted to the ICU for monitoring following ESS.

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