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Post-Operative Monitoring Equipment in Patients with Sleep Apnea: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: May 14, 2015
Project Number: RC0655-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of post-operative monitoring equipment in patients with sleep apnea?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines associated with post-operative monitoring equipment in patients with sleep apnea?

Key Message

There was no evidence identified to assess the clinical effectiveness of post-operative monitoring equipment in patients with sleep apnea. Two evidence-based guidelines recommended post-operative monitoring in patients with sleep apnea: one recommended post-operative monitoring with continuous pulse oximetry in adult and pediatric patients with increased risk of respiratory compromise from obstructive sleep apnea; a second guideline that focused on pediatric patients recommended that after the surgery, high-risk patients should be hospitalized overnight for close monitoring, but it did not provide any explicit guidance on the use of postoperative monitoring.