Thursday, March 5, 2015

C-pap Treatments are getting ready for Prime Time

Sleep apnea is more common in adults than asthma.  A Cleveland Clinic report showed that sleep apnea might lead to accidents, stroke, hypertension, coronary artery disease, atrial fib, and postoperative complications.  If there is any question, a sleep study is now recommended prior to elective surgery.  C-pap can then be given post-op.  Emergency technicians are now being taught to treat patients with C-pap instead of trying to intubate patients who have a compromised airway.

  See the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Nov. 2009, p. 98-103.


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