Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Dr. Brian Garrett, DNP, CRNA

First Committee Member

Dr. Chai Sribanditmongkol, PhD, RN, IBCLC, CNS

Second Committee Member

Dr. Amy Bishop, DNP, AGCNS


Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Failure, Regional Anesthesia, Capnography, Body Mass Index

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences


Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a medical condition which many people may be affected by but may be unaware of the presence of the condition. The incidence of OSA has increased in direct correlation with the rising rate of obesity in the general population. While chronic conditions may arise if OSA goes untreated, patients with OSA also have an increased risk for acute complications following surgical procedures such as airway obstruction, hypoxia, brain damage, and death. Many anesthetic medications administered during surgery exacerbate the pathological consequences of OSA, predisposing patients to adverse respiratory events during the recovery period following a procedure. As advancements in medicine and the methods of anesthesia delivery continue to be made, there are certain techniques which can be included in the care plan of a patient with OSA to mitigate the risks associated with the disease. This project aims to create evidence-based practice guidelines (EBP) for the care of patients with OSA who may be at an increased risk for developing respiratory complications following surgical procedures. It was developed utilizing The Iowa Model Revised: Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Excellence in Healthcare. Although many of the postoperative complications seen in patients with OSA are preventable, updated guidelines for the care of this patient population have not been published since 2014. As a current nurse anesthesia graduate student, this scholar aims to explore the topic and to identify the safest way to provide anesthetic care for patients with OSA.

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