Higher post-op complications seen with sleep apnoea

Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts said hospitals in the US and Canada were slow to address this potentially costly issue despite rising OSA levels.

“The prevalence of OSA is estimated to be 25% among candidates for elective surgery and may be as high as 80% in high-risk populations such as patients undergoing bariatric surgery,” they wrote.

Some institutions now assess surgical patients for OSA, with some requiring an overnight stay for what would normally be a day procedure.