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Routine ICU Admission for All Post-Surgical OSA Patients Unnecessary
Do patients undergoing multi-level airway surgery for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) require routine intensive care unit admission after surgery?
Background: Patients undergoing surgery for OSA have been identified as high risk for post-operative complications. However, there is no standard with regard to the type of monitoring required after surgery, which ranges from discharging the patient home after recovery room observation to overnight intensive care monitoring.
Study design: Retrospective review of consecutive patients.