Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2018

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Mary Zerlan

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Andrew Griffin

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Kim White


OSA, obstructive sleep apnea, STOP BANG


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep breathing disorder. Despite its prevalence, OSA often goes undiagnosed. This can result in negative sequelae. By educating healthcare providers about OSA, screening patients, and altering the plan of care, better outcomes will arise and complications can be minimized.

The purpose of this project was to develop an obstructive sleep apnea educational program and protocol based on available current literature for anesthesia providers at a community hospital. The educational project and protocol consisted of an informational PowerPoint, pretest and posttest surveys, an OSA screening tool and identification of a high risk OSA patient by placing a sticker in front of the patient’s chart, management guidelines, and a question and answer period. The overall objective was to improve care for patients who are identified as high risk for OSA.

The results of the surveys concluded that the anesthesia providers increased knowledge after the presentation. The educational component of the practice project was useful in increasing providers’ knowledge of OSA and management strategies and in turn was valuable in improving patient care.

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