Getting a good night?s sleep is always important, but it?s especially important for inpatients. Sleep loss during acute care hospitalization is associated with a number of poor health outcomes. For example, sleep deprivation is related to cardio-metabolic issues, including higher blood pressure, increased heart rates, and impaired blood glucose tolerance, and it related to the impairment of vital health processes, including sensitivity to pain, immunity, and wound healing. Additionally, the resulting daytime sleepiness can impede patients? ability to engage in recovery activities like physical therapy. Finally, sleep loss negatively affects memory consolidation, which can be especially problematic for patients expected to learn new information.
This course has important information for all health care providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners. This course will prepare participants to:
- Understand and communicate the importance of proper sleep for hospitalized patients.
- Identify and refer hospitalized patients who are at risk for sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea.
- Optimize sleep for hospitalized patients by minimizing disruptions