Friday, January 21, 2011

STOP-BANG questionnaire identifies patients with OSA at high risk of surgical complications...

Seems obvious and I am surprised this is the first study to show the connection. And while the number of patients enrolled was relatively low, but the numbers are compelling.

135 adult patients undergoing elective surgery at a tertiary care center were administered the STOP-BANG questionnaire.

41.5% of patients had high risk scores for OSAS.

Patients at high risk of OSAS had a much higher rate of postoperative complications compared with patients at low risk (19.6% vs 1.3%).

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