Clinicians – OSA & COVID-19

While there is no strong evidence that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) increases the risk for getting or developing complications of coronavirus (COVID-19), many patients with OSA may also have other long-term health problems that could increase their risks, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Guidance for patients using CPAP and their families has been developed by the OSA Alliance and this can be found by following the following link:

Please click here to read our dedicated OSA and covid-19 section

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)

Community-based approach to diagnosing OSA

This article from the BMJ outlines research which explores whether a community-based approach to diagnosing OSA can deliver high quality patient care, while affording cost and time efficiencies.

“I know from my clinical experience how reluctant vocational drivers are to seek medical help when they have a symptom that might lose them their livelihood, therefore they have to be assured that rapid diagnosis and treatment will get them back on the road quickly”.
Professor John Stradling

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Contact Us

To find out more about the OSA Partnership Group, contact:

Gillian Gibbons 
m) 07795 342804