Nursing Assessment for Predicting Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Community Hospital Approach

Angela P. Halpin, MN, CNS, RN; Jennifer M. Bunting, AAS; Paul A. Selecky, MD; Suzette G. Bosveld, RN, BSN, MSN, CCNS, NP-C; Derrick Hong, MD


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2008;8(1) 

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Objective: This article seeks to address adoption of new questions on patient assessments and history forms related to sleep patterns. As a discipline, nursing integrates knowledge from scientific research to improve patient outcomes. Pertinent information on sleep patterns must initially be obtained from patients hospitalized in acute care settings before next steps are taken, such as categorizing these patterns and implementing therapeutic interventions.
Background: The addition of a sleep pattern screen to the admission assessment is a method to consistently identify patients' sleep challenges. The latest evidence-based data have positively identified predictors for sleep apnea, for example.
Clinical relevance: Applying scientifically based assessment tools helps nurses in transferring and applying knowledge to practice; this improves patient care interventions and outcomes.
Conclusion: Nursing assessment is critical to the diagnosis and treatment of the human response to illness. Once nursing assessment is modified to add sleep questions, nurses have the opportunity to intervene or educate on sleep disturbance.


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