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Kendal Gapinski | Contributing Editor Wake Up to the Dangers of Sleep Apnea 5 key takeaways from the new OSA guidelines. D id you know that it's believed that obstruc- tive sleep apnea (OSA) is just as common — if not more common — than diabetes? Yet while it's standard to ask your patients if they have diabetes before surgery, many facilities still aren't checking patients for OSA before going under the knife, despite the risks asso- ciated with it. • GASP Surgery can worsen the symp- toms of sleep apnea, which is more com- mon than many other diseases in surgical patients. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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