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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Recommendations for Hospitals Implementing Sleep Pattern NANDA Diagnosis

  • Modify the patient history questionnaires and nursing admission assessments to include sleep pattern screening criteria questions that are based on predictors that are science- and evidence-based.

  • Implement assessment tools for both medical and surgical patients in hospital and outpatient service areas. These screens are opportunities to recognize a patient with potential OSA risk and, thus, decreased oxygenation episodes during care delivery.

  • Educate physicians and nurses on the use of predictor evidence-based criteria that identify or rule out risk for sleep apnea.


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