February 20, 2014

Sleep apnea tied to higher risk of postoperative complications, greater use of hospital resources

By: OR Manager

Obstructive sleep apnea is a major clinical and economic challenge in the postoperative period, affecting up to one-fourth of patients undergoing elective surgical procedures. The prevalence among orthopedic patients having joint arthroplasty may be especially high because obesity is a widespread comorbidity in this patient population. Obesity is 1 of the top risk factors for sleep apnea.

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