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The Sleep Apnea Story is Now Restless and Worried in Kitsap County. What Happens to Oxygen Deprived Cells?

August 8th, 2010 by Sharon O'Hara

The new wrinkle in the Sleep Apnea Story is the apparent fact that patients are dropping their sats during the night wearing their c-pap or bi-pap machine and unless they do another at home sleep study wearing their machine – they don’t know it – nor do their doctors!

How can it happen the patient is happy as a clam at high tide thinking the machine is keeping their airway open so they can get the sleep needed when their oxygen saturation drops into the sleep basement during the night and killing off cells from lack of oxygen!????!

What good is any sleep machine when it does not register the patient’s sats and report it to their doctor?

I have a longer story to go with these questions…but for now – I want answers. How many other sleep apnea folks have had, am having the same sat drop and don’t know it?

They know they are declining…and assume the decline is natural considering their medical condition and normal aging.

Again. What good are the machines if they are not conveying the oxygen saturation picture for each sleeping patient to their doctor?!

Read up more from Chris Henry’s great article in February…

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/feb/27/in-the-search-for-shuteye-many-come-up-empty/?comments_id=250497

More later…. Sharon O’Hara

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One Response to “The Sleep Apnea Story is Now Restless and Worried in Kitsap County. What Happens to Oxygen Deprived Cells?”

  1. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    For information..I’m asking from the standpoint of a lung patient using a c-pap or-pap machine.
    Probably we are a minority of those using the machines but I’ve assumed that regular reports went to my doctor…including the saturation information.
    Sharon O’Hara

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