August 28, 2017

STOP-Bang screening associated with risk of postop complications in OSA patients

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

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…

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