Project: Optimizing post-operative monitoring of surgical patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in Regina
Surgery can all aggravate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and increase the risk of post-operative respiratory failure. It’s recommended that patients at highest risk receive continuous oximetry after surgery. Dr. Schweitzer found that only 10% of patients qualifying for continuous oximetry received the recommended monitoring. To increase appropriate monitoring of patients with OSA by 25%, Dr. Schweitzer and her team created a new monitoring algorithm and pre-printed order sets, and a plan for education sessions for physicians and nurses on the new process.