Apnea-Hypopnea Index Use Among Intensive Care Patients: A Case Series

In this study, the authors review eight cases where the apnea-hypopnea index was determined using ApneaLink™. The authors describe the ApneaLink™ tool as a simple and inexpensive device that determines the apnea hypopnea index with a sensitivity and specificity of 100% and 87.5% respectively. The cases demonstrate that the ApneaLink™ device can be utilized in a variety of clinical situations such as post-operatively and in the ICU. In each of the case studies, the ApneaLink™ device help the authors make better management decisions such as ICU admission after surgery or discharge from the ICU with CPAP. The authors also demonstrate how this device can be used to enhance informed consent.