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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