COVID-19-related changes in outpatient CPAP setup pathways for OSA are linked with decreased 30-day CPAP usage

Chris D Turnbull, Martin Allen, Jennifer Appleby, Richard Brown, Nathalie Bryan, Ann Cooper, Brendan G Cooper, Cathie Gillooly, James Davidson, Hannah Farley, Ana Gaspar, Gillian Gibbons, Beverley Gray, Graham Hill, Adrian Kendrick, Blake Marsh, Alison McMillan, Joseph Page, Justin Charles Thane Pepperell, Tim QuinnellChris Rogers, Jane Sexton, Naomi Sheperd, Joerg Steier, James Stockley, John Stradling, Asia Woroszyl, Sophie West, Susan Wright, Annabel Nickol

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic changed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) setup pathways. We evaluated patients commenced on CPAP in 2019 (prepandemic) and 2020 (post-first UK wave). Face-to-face (F2F) setup numbers, with CPAP turned on, decreased from 613 patients (98.9%) in 2019, to 6 (1.1%) in 2020. In 2020, setups were F2F without CPAP turned on (403 (71.1%)), or remote (158 (27.9%)). Prepandemic median CPAP usage at first follow-up was 5.4 (2.7-6.9) hours/night and fell by 0.9 hours/night (95% CI 0.5 to 1.2, p<0.0001) in 2020. We found clinically relevant reductions in CPAP usage with pathway changes post-COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-841
Number of pages3
JournalThorax
Volume77
Issue number8
Early online date9 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022

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