The Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine and the Anesthesia Closed Claims Project have established a registry to investigate unanticipated perioperative deaths and near misses in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The goals are to identify common themes or factors associated with OSA-related adverse perioperative events including:

  • Identify the level of monitoring used when deaths or near misses occurred
  • Provide a better understanding into why the adverse events occurred, and what (if anything) can be done to limit these adverse events
  • Provide insight regarding how to best construct prospective studies to answer many of the questions surrounding the best practices for care of patients with OSA during the perioperative period

A detailed case submission form is available online. It requests information such as past medical history, OSA history, and the surgical procedure overview.