Appropriate referral for suspected Obstructive Sleep Apnoea – ICST

Appropriate referral for suspected Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

The aim of this National Welsh Standard is to identify patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnoea in the community to make an appropriate referral to a specialist sleep services.

Check out the TV show and tutorials on the early identification and referral of patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnoea. When you are ready, navigate to the assessment to achieve the certificate against the National Welsh Standard (NWS).


What happens during sleep?

When to suspect OSA in your patients?

Making a referral to a sleep service


Pathogenesis of OSA

Predisposing risk factors of OSA

Symptoms of OSA

Red flag symptoms of OSA

Co-morbidities of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

A spectrum of sleep disordered breathing

Central Sleep Apnoea

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Questionnaires to predict the presence of OSA

Diagnosis of OSA

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Other treatment options for OSA

The sleepy driver

Assessing fitness to drive


Having OSA in the UK: what the patients say

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has led a major campaign since 2011 to raise awareness of OSA in the UK, and to improve access to services for people wherever they live. As part of this campaign they wanted to ensure that the patient voice was heard by reporting people’s experiences of having OSA in the UK.

DVLA Guide for Healthcare Professionals: Assessing fitness to drive

A guide for medical professionals.

Recommendations for the management of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea and hypertension

This article is aimed at addressing the current state-of-the-art in epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic procedures and treatment options for appropriate management of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in cardiovascular (in particular hypertensive) patients, as well as for the management of cardiovascular diseases (in particular arterial hypertension) in OSA patients.

Update on paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea

The emphasis of this article is to summarize the latest research and developments in paediatric OSA and to provide a practical approach to the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of this condition.


Making a referral for suspected OSA

45-minute case-based assessment

25 multiple choice questions

80% pass mark (20 out of 25)

Unlimited retakes

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