How are sleep disorders addressed during the dermatologic preoperative evaluation and management?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Eighty percent of patients with breathing problems related to sleep disorders are male. Conscious sedation may exacerbate such conditions and is best avoided. An ancillary oxygen source may be needed for those patients and is provided using a nasal prong. Electrocautery should be used cautiously in the surgical field in order to avoid an inadvertent fire from a spark while obtaining hemostasis.


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