Elaine Marieb College of Nursing Faculty Publication Series
Journal or Book Title
Quality in Primary Care
Background: Sleep disordered breathing occurs in over half of the estimated 5.1 million people in the United States diagnosed with heart failure.
Aim and Methods: The purpose of this integrative review is to find evidence for the routine use of a sleep apnea screening protocol in patients with heart failure.
Results: Several useful tools are described including the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, the STOP BANG questionnaire and the Berlin questionnaire. Using one of these tools along with an overnight pulse oximetry is a cost effective way to screen patients before the more costly sleep studies.
Conclusions: Evidence shows that treatment of sleep apnea in this population decreases not only morbidity and mortality rates, but the overall cost burden of the disease as well.
Williams, Loreen and Aselton, Pamela, "The Importance of Screening for Sleep Apnea in the Heart Failure Population" (2016). Quality in Primary Care. 226.
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