Hospital makes sleep apnea screening routine

09/11/2006 | Kansas City Star (Mo.), The

A complication in which a 40-year-old patient died from suspected obstructive sleep apnea following a minor surgery led Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis to begin screening all patients for OSA. Low oxygen levels and high levels of carbon dioxide often wake up patients with sleep apnea, but use of an anesthetic or pain medicine following a surgery can block the protective mechanism and prevent such patients from waking, leading to respiratory arrest experts say.

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