According to the U.S. Census, 10.3 million men and women live with untreated, undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These 10.3 million individuals are 4.5 times as likely to have a coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke as are those without sleep apnea. At Sharp Coronado Hospital, a multidisciplinary team created a process to identify high-risk patients and mitigate potential risk during hospitalization.
Led by Kerry Forde, quality director at Sharp Coronado Hospital, this highly skilled team of physicians, respiratory therapists, nurses, pre-anesthesia evaluators and pharmacists worked tirelessly for two years to build a robust program designed to help manage OSA for patients during their stay in the hospital.
"I feel honored to be part of this team that is providing an extraordinary level of care to patients to help improve their quality of life," Forde said.
As part of the new program, every inpatient at the hospital is screened for OSA and those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more are further evaluated by a respiratory therapist. For each patient who tests positive, Sharp Coronado suggests that the patient wear an auto-titrating positive airway pressure (APAP) device.
The device senses changes in the patient’s airway and responds accordingly to maintain airway patency and breathing. The device is easy to adjust and ensures that each patient receives the correct amount of airway pressure.
In addition, the patient and family members will receive educational material regarding the necessity to obtain a sleep study to diagnose and manage OSA at home.
This patient safety initiative aligns with the Planetree philosophy of care, which seeks to personalize, humanize and demystify the hospital experience for patients and their loved ones. In fact, team members who were part of the program were recently recognized for the 2013 Spirit of Planetree Program Award named "Sleepless in Coronado."
"We take our responsibility for caring for our patients seriously, and do everything we can to identify issues that could prevent or delay their return to wellness," said Ray Daniels, manager of respiratory care at Sharp Coronado. "This program is one more way that we are making a positive difference in our patients’ lives."
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