BADS has advised on this new CPOC guide about the perioperative management of adult patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. Back
Patients who undergo surgery with undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) are at a substantially increased risk of complications during and after surgery1. Furthermore, a large proportion of patients with OSA are currently living without a diagnosis and appropriate treatment2.
It is therefore vital that patients are routinely screened for OSA when considering surgery so that they can access support and treatment to reduce their risk of complications.