This meta-analysis found that patients at higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as determined by preoperative STOP-Bang screening, had a higher risk of postoperative adverse events and longer length of hospital stay, compared with lower risk-OSA patients.
The analysis included 10 studies with 23,609 patients (7,877 high-risk and 15,732 low-risk patients).
The findings support the implementation of the STOP-Bang screening tool for perioperative risk stratification, the researchers note.
BACKGROUND: The risk of postoperative complications increases with undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The high-risk OSA (HR-OSA) patients can be easily identified using the STOP-Bang screening tool. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to determine the association of pos…Read More >>