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GUIDELINES

A Consensus Statement on the Sleep Medicine Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jagdish C Suri, AG Ghoshal, Dipak Bhattacharya, Dipti Gothi, Dipankar Dutta, Gopal Raval, Manoj Goel, RMPL Ramanathan, Seemab Shaikh, Sushant Khurana, Tejas M Suri

Keywords : COVID-19, Guidelines, Obstructive sleep apnea, Sleep practice, Sleep studies

Citation Information : Suri JC, Ghoshal A, Bhattacharya D, Gothi D, Dutta D, Raval G, Goel M, Ramanathan R, Shaikh S, Khurana S, Suri TM. A Consensus Statement on the Sleep Medicine Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Indian Sleep Med 2020; 15 (2):21-25.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10069-0051

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 24-09-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has become a major public health concern worldwide profoundly impacting various aspects of the practice of sleep medicine. Nonetheless, new onset sleep disturbances including insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders have been reported during this period. Severe COVID-19 disease and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may have shared risk factors including advancing age, systemic hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. In light of the unprecedented situation and the lack of definitive evidence on ways to tackle the same, sleep physicians and surgeons from the Indian Sleep Disorders Association have prepared this consensus statement on the practice of sleep medicine in India during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document carries expert recommendations under the following categories: (i) sleep clinics and telemedicine, (ii) home sleep apnea testing (HSAT), (iii) in-laboratory polysomnography (PSG) and positive airway pressure (PAP) titration, and (iv) use of PAP devices in OSA. We hope that it will serve as a reference guide to sleep physicians to restart their practice in a safe manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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