Community-based approach to diagnosing OSA
Coping strategies for a sleep and ventilation service, COVID and beyond.
COVID-19 has brought about an opportunity to review the way that we interact with patients and how technology can support patient care in the future. This virtual roundtable provides an opportunity to share best practice and ideas of how we cope with continuing to see patients at the moment, and then how we might manage the inevitable backlog, without compromising the quality of our services. For the longer term, this is an opportunity to consider how we deliver effective sleep services and manage waiting lists.
On Friday, 5th June the OSA Alliance** hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss COVID and its impact on patient care, now and in the future. To hear experiences and views from sleep consultants and physiologists around the UK, click here.
**The OSA Alliance comprises: The Academy for Healthcare Science; The Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology (ARTP); British Sleep Society (BSS) Executive Committee; The British Thoracic Society (BTS); The OSA Partnership Group and The Sleep Apnoea Trust Association (SATA)
Preliminary Screening For Obstructive Sleep Apnoea In Primary Care – Why Do It?
Treating symptomatic obstructive sleep apnoea (OSAS) is highly rewarding and can make enormous differences to patients’ quality of life. This is why NICE felt that such patients should all be offered treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) – technology appraisal 139, https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta139/chapter/1-Guidance).
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Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) remains under-recognised both by patients and doctors. Given the high benefit/cost ratio of treating OSA, it is clearly desirable to identify as many patients as possible. This is despite most sleep units in the UK being overloaded with long waiting lists for diagnosis and treatment.
“Increased awareness of the clinical features and prompt treatment of sleep apnoea is one way to save lives and health care related expenditure”.
Martin Allen, Consultant Physician, previously National Clinical Lead for Sleep Apnoea.