Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) problems are estimated to affect between 2% to 4% of Americans with an even higher incidence occurring as one ages. This article focuses on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as a risk to safety and a leading contributor to interrupted sleep and disease morbidity in the aged population. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by interruption in upper airway airflow during sleep that leads to oxygen desaturations and disruptions in sleep continuity. The symptoms, diagnosis, and initial management of OSA are discussed that provide direction for the advanced practice nurse who encounters patients with this disease.
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Acute Care of the Aging Client| February 01 2002
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Recognition and Management Considerations for the Aged Patient
Kathleen R. Dobbin, RN, MS, ACNP-CS;
From the UPMC Health System, Pittsburgh, Pa (Ms Dobbin) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa (Dr Strollo).
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2002) 13 (1): 103–113.
Kathleen R. Dobbin, Patrick J. Strollo; Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Recognition and Management Considerations for the Aged Patient. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 2002; 13 (1): 103–113. doi:
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