Risk Management and Sleep Apnea in the Hospitalized Patient

Enrollment Information:
This enrollment will expire September 30, 2019.
You must complete all course requirements (including claiming CEs) and save/print the completion certificate by September 30, 2019.


According to the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM), many patients who enter into acute care facilities are at risk for adverse events due to their obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and/or central sleep apnea (CSA). There are an estimated 20+ million individuals who have obstructive sleep apnea, approximately 80% remain undiagnosed, and thus these patients enter the acute care facility at higher risk. Even for those patients who are diagnosed, according to the 2004 National Hospital Discharge Survey only 5.8% of patients on home PAP therapy, continued to receive therapy while in the hospital. The SASM posits that few hospital facilities have robust screening programs. Few clinically trained personnel have had training in sleep and associated disorders, therefore a gap exists.   Algorithms and checklists exist for the patient who may be at risk for adverse events due to OSA or CSA, however implementation of such programs and documentation are lacking.   More clinical trials are needed in this area. The goal of this webinar is to increase knowledge and awareness of the risk of sleep deprivation and sleep apnea in the hospitalized patient and provide tips and tools to help the risk manager in the evaluation of patients.


Learning Objectives:
By the end of this self-study you should be able to:

  • Summarize the contributors and consequences of sleep deprivation
  • Explain the rationale for screening patients for obstructive sleep apnea during admission procedures
  • Provide examples for risk-mitigation of obstructive sleep apnea patients within the perioperative environment


Level of Learning:


Domain of Practice:
Healthcare Operations


Robyn Woidtke, MSN, RN, RPSGT, CCP


Criteria for Successful Completion:
To receive continuing nursing education contact hours, participants must achieve 80% on the post-test and complete an evaluation at its conclusion.


Continuing Education:
This program is approved contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and toward CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal. CE credit may be used toward CPHRM renewal only by those holding the credential at the time of the program.

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.0 hour
Passing Score: 80%


Conflict of Interest Statement:
As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest.

This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest.


Commercial Support:

There is no sponsorship for this event.


Date Published: August 2014
Date to be Reviewed:  Q1 2020
Date of Contact Hour Expiration:  Q4 2019