Performing sleep studies after the COVID-19 outbreak: practical suggestions from Bologna's sleep unit

Rosalia Cilea, Pietro Guaraldi, Giorgio Barletta, Monica Lucchi, Francesca Baschieri, Luca Baldelli, Giuseppe Loddo, Alberto Rocca, Pietro Cortelli, Giovanna Calandra-Buonaura, Federica Provini

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Abstract

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic required a thorough re-organization of every sector of the healthcare system. Sleep laboratories need to renew protocols in order to guarantee the safety of patients and healthcare staff while providing exams. Polysomnography (PSG) examinations are essential for the diagnosis and treatment management of several sleep disorders, which may constitute a public or personal safety issue such as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Here we provide some practical advice on how to perform sleep studies after the COVID-19 outbreak based on our experience, the review of the existing literature and current national and international recommendations by Health Authorities. We believe that with appropriate precautions it is possible to guarantee a safe restart of PSG and other sleep studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalSleep Medicine
Volume77
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sleep laboratory
  • Video-polysomnography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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