Title

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Modifications in Sedation: an Update

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2016

Originally Published In

Critical Care Nursing Clinics

Volume Number

28

Issue Number

2

Page Numbers

217–226

Abstract

One factor that may contribute to an increased risk for airway compromise is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sedation in this population carries an increased risk for hypopnea. Critical care nurses must decide on the amount and type of sedation to administer at the point of care. It is important for them to understand OSA and the routinely prescribed sedatives that may affect this disorder. This article discusses the pathophysiology of OSA and traits that may help identify patients with undiagnosed OSA. The most commonly prescribed sedative pharmacologic agents and adjunctive airway support mechanisms are reviewed for use in this population.