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Type: Journal article
Title: Implementation of a split-night protocol to improve efficiency in assessment and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea
Author: Elshaug, A.
Moss, J.
Southcott, A.
Citation: Internal Medicine Journal, 2005; 35(4):251-254
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 1444-0903
1445-5994
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A. G. Elshaug, J. R. Moss and A. M. Southcott
Abstract: In Australia, unmet demand for sleep study services is resulting in protracted waiting lists and treatment delays for those in need. This present study gauged efficiency gains that could be achieved by implementing a split-night protocol within the laboratory. Results demonstrate improved technical efficiency by at least 15%, reducing time to treatment for the most severe cases and increasing patient throughput within the clinic. With over 56 000 sleep studies carried out annually, this technique has significant utility in evidence-based practice.
Keywords: Obstructive sleep apnoea, split-night protocol, evaluation, technical efficiency.
Description: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com © Blackwell
RMID: 0020050224
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2005.00786
Published version: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1445-5994.2005.00786
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