Sunday, 25 August 2013

A Rude Awakening – The Perioperative Sleep Apnea Epidemic

The perioperative sleep apnoea epidemic has probably not been the "rude awakening" suggested in the title of this article for any anaesthetist working in Western Sydney any time this century. Just knowing about the problem, however, doesn't automatically mean we can fix it. This opinion piece highlights the increasingly common dilemma facing anaesthetists and surgeons and while it doesn't provide all the answers it does put out an important call for protocols that heighten awareness of the problem and make best use of the resources available to fix it. Westmead is looking at such protocols as well as contributing to the much needed research in this area. Worth a read.

MP

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