Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Perioperative Period

Duration: 60 Minutes
Instructor: Bradley Truax
Webinar Id: 800352


One Attendee


The webinar focuses on the patient safety issues in patients with diagnosed or undiagnosed OSA undergoing surgery. We'll help you understand the risk factors for OSA and use appropriate screening tools can help identify undiagnosed cases.

Determining which patients and procedures can be safely managed in ambulatory settings vs. inpatient settings will be discussed. Anesthesia and intra-operative considerations will also be discussed. But most important will be the discussion on monitoring of OSA patients in the postoperative period. Monitoring OSA patients with pulse oximetry alone is insufficient and may give a false sense of security.

We use many case examples to illustrate the problems encountered in patients with OSA, including opioid-related events, hazards of supplemental oxygen, and others.

Why should you attend:

  • Are you aware of which patients have or might have OSA?
  • Are your patients with diagnosed or undiagnosed OSA at risk of dying?
  • Have you already had adverse events in patients with diagnosed or undiagnosed OSA?
  • Are you monitoring your at-risk patients correctly?
  • Does your staff fully understand the risks involved in patients with OSA?

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • Prevalence of OSA
  • Risk factors for OSA
  • Screening for OSA
  • Risks of OSA in the Perioperative Period
  • Inpatient vs. Ambulatory Surgery
  • Pre-operative Considerations
  • Operative Considerations
  • Anesthesia
  • Post-operative Management
  • Monitoring

Who Will Benefit:
  • Nurse Managers
  • Chief Nursing Officers
  • Nurses
  • Chief Medical Officers
  • Physicians
  • Patient Safety Officers
  • Quality Improvement Personnel
  • OR Staff
  • Risk Management Staff

Speaker Profile
Brad Truax, M.D is board-certified in both Neurology and Internal Medicine. He is a clinician and educator with 20+ years of experience in medical administration and has been involved in quality and patient safety for over 25 years. He has provided medical director services in a broad range of healthcare venues - a large public teaching hospital, a large private hospital, a small rural hospital, a managed care organization, and an accountable care organization (ACO). He was an original and long-standing member of the NYSDOH council that advised New York State’s hospital incident reporting system (NYPORTS).

He is the principal consultant for The Truax Group that focuses on patient safety and quality improvement. That company is best known for its Patient Safety Tip of the Week, the longest running free weekly patient safety e-newsletter in the US, which currently has an archive of over 400 articles covering almost every patient safety issue.

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