SASM issues guideline on intraop management of adults with OSA
By: Judy Mathias
The Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM) has issued a new guideline on Intraoperative Management of Adult Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Specific aims of the guideline are to:
evaluate considerations of difficult airway management in patients with OSA
assess the impact of anesthesia-related drugs and agents in patients with OSA
evaluate best anesthetic techniques in patients with OSA.
This guideline is a follow-up to the previously published SASM Guideline on Preoperative Screening and Assessment of Adult Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea; however, it focuses only on intraoperative patient care. Postoperative care issues are not considered.