Module 11:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Anesthesia Patient: More Than Just an Airway Issue

Author: Dr. John Doyle MD PhD FRCPC

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Objectives for Module 11:

At the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
  2. Describe how OSA is diagnosed.
  3. Describe how OSA impacts on perioperative care.
  4. Describe the key recommendations of the 2006 ASA task force report entitled “Practice Guidelines for the Perioperative Management of Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea”.
  5. Describe the ASA scoring system for OSA.
  6. Identify some other OSA questionnaires
  7. Describe the STOP and STOP-Bang questionnaires
  8. Summarize the surgical procedures sometimes performed to treat OSA


IMPORTANT: Before beginning the module, please complete the pretest. The intent is to help you assess your baseline knowledge of the topic before working through the module.

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