Utilization of the STOP-Bang Questionnaire as a Standardized Screening Tool for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Veteran Administration Surgical Patients.

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PURPOSE:Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects an estimated 20% of the adult surgical population. Veteran patients have many characteristics consistent with OSA, but lack of standardized screening results in decreased detection of patients at risk for OSA. DESIGN:Pre-post implementation design. METHODS:Preanesthesia clinic providers were educated about OSA and the STOP-Bang questionnaire. Chart reviews evaluating screening and patient demographics were conducted before and after intervention. FINDINGS:Thirty-one percent of patients had an established diagnosis of OSA. Compliance rates with preoperative STOP-Bang screening were 91.3%. Of patients screened preoperatively, 44% were at risk for OSA with a STOP-Bang score of 4 or greater. CONCLUSIONS:The prevalence of patients among the Veteran population with and at risk for OSA is higher than the general population. Utilization of the STOP-Bang questionnaire as a standardized preoperative screening tool in preanesthesia clinics can increase the identification of patients at risk for OSA.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bazemore, KE; Barker, M; Morgan, BT; Goode, V

Published Date

  • February 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 60 - 65

PubMed ID

  • 29685727

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8473

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1089-9472

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jopan.2017.11.006


  • eng