Journal article

Postoperative analgesia and respiratory events in patients with symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea

DW Blake, CY Yew, GB Donnan, DL Williams

ANAESTHESIA AND INTENSIVE CARE | AUSTRALIAN SOC ANAESTHETISTS | Published : 2009

Abstract

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea are common in patients presenting for surgery and are associated with increased morbidity. Analgesia contributes significantly to postoperative respiratory depression and obstruction, so we compared standard morphine patient-controlled analgesia with an opioid-sparing protocol (tramadol patient-controlled analgesia, parecoxib and rescue-only morphine) in these patients. Sixty-two patients presenting for elective surgery with body mass index > or = 28 and signs or symptoms suggesting obstructive sleep apnoea were randomised to receive either the opioid or opioid-sparing postoperative analgesia protocol, with continuous respiratory monitoring for 12 hours o..

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