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Cerebrovasc Dis. 2009;27(2):183-6. doi: 10.1159/000185610. Epub 2008 Dec 18.

Comparison of two headgear systems for sleep apnea treatment of stroke patients.

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The Cardiovascular Center-Stroke Program, University of Michigan Medical School, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5855, USA. devinb@umich.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Obstructive sleep apnea is a very common condition after stroke, and it predicts poor outcomes. Unfortunately, stroke patients often do not tolerate continuous positive airway pressure. We hypothesized that a 1-piece head frame headgear would be easier and quicker to use than a traditional strap headgear.

METHODS:

A convenience sample of ischemic stroke patients was taught to use 2 different headgear systems, a head frame and straps. Subjects were timed while putting on and taking off the 2 headgears, and they were queried about their ease of use.

RESULTS:

All the 30 enrolled subjects found the head frame to be easier to apply and to remove than the straps. The patients took longer to put on (p < 0.01) and to remove (p < 0.01) the straps than the head frame.

CONCLUSIONS:

Headgear selection should be considered when fitting a stroke patient with a continuous positive airway pressure mask.

PMID:
19092240
PMCID:
PMC2711764
DOI:
10.1159/000185610
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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