STOP BANG Tool
Are you at risk for Obstructive Sleep
When you were admitted to the hospital, you
were asked a series of questions that
included the STOP BANG questions. The
STOP BANG questions assess your risk for
Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. People
who answer yes to 4 or more of the
questions below have an increased risk for
Do you Snore loudly?
Do you often feel Tired or fatigued
during the daytime?
Has anyone Observed you stop
breathing while sleeping?
Do you have or are you being treated
for high blood Pressure?
BMI more than 35kg/m2?
Age over 50 years old?
Neck circumference > 16 inches
Gender: Are you Male?
If you answer yes to these questions, it does
not mean you have OSA. You will need
further testing to find out if you have OSA.
Your doctor may suggest a sleep study to
find out what your breathing patterns are
while you sleep.
What is OSA?
OSA is a sleep disorder in which breathing
becomes too shallow or stops. If OSA is not
treated it can have life-threatening results
such as heart attack, stroke, high blood
pressure, and other conditions.
While in the hospital, we will monitor your
oxygen level while you sleep. If your
oxygen level is too low, we may give you
extra oxygen while you sleep. Some people
may require CPAP or Continuous Positive
Airway Pressure. This is the most common
treatment for OSA.
What is CPAP?
CPAP is given through a machine that
provides air pressure through a mask while
you sleep. This pressure keeps your airway
passages open, reducing snoring and
improving oxygen levels.
CPAP must be ordered by a doctor or nurse
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 7/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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