Screening and diagnosis for sleep disordered breathing

If you suspect a patient may have sleep disordered breathing (SDB), this three step screening process for SDB can get your patient on the path to getting diagnosed.

  • Assess - Can you identify the patient as having a high risk of OSA?
  • Screen - To aid in the screening process, evaluate your patient by asking a few key questions:

    • Is the patient overweight?
    • Does the patient complain of daytime sleepiness?
    • Does the patient snore?
    • Does the patient have hypertension?
  • Investigate

All about sleep studies

During a sleep study, your patient's breathing is monitored to see if they have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnoea. Sleep studies can be done at home or in a sleep lab.