Quit wasting any money on sleep center advertising – all the patients you need are in your hospitals now.
A study just concluded that 60% of all inpatients have sleep apnea or other sleep disorders that should be treated by CPAP/BiPP or other sleep therapies and durable medical goods.
This has huge clinical importance because untreated sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. The good news is sleep studies and sales of the medical equipment (CPAP machines) is high-profit business to the hospital.
How do you seize this opportunity?
Set up a program of screening likely candidates: like every bariatric patient, any CV patient, many cases of memory loss (some misdiagnosed as age related dementia), 80% of patients with a primary diagnosis of diabetes, or any man over 50 with a BMI of 30 or greater just to name some. We’ve just described 95% of the people in your hospital.
Doing risk assessments of inpatients isn’t just good business, it is the right thing to do and can improve lives dramatically even save lives. This is why you are in the mission of healthcare.