Sleep Related Breathing Disorders in an Intensive Care Setting - Abstract
Sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD) are common in critically ill as well as in postoperative patients. Because of anatomical reasons the risk of difficulties of endotracheal intubation is increased in these patients. Furthermore, awareness of SRBD might influence management of weaning and reduce the risk of post-extubation failure. The use of sedatives and analgetics should be minimized to prevent overlap and aggravation of apneas which might have detrimental effects. If possible, non-invasive ventilation should be used immediately after extubation. There are no data on long term outcome of critically ill patients who are diagnosed with SRBD.