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Post-Op Bariatric Positioner

Fri, 05/12/2006 - 12:08pm

The Popitz Sniff Positioner, a specially designed ribbed-foam support pillow, has an added benefit of reducing the incidence of sleep apnea in bariatric patients. This is helpful to this population and the nurses who care for them following weight-loss surgery, as most facilities do not allow the use of C-PAP machines by these patients during the first few post-op days due to the increased risk of esophageal rupture. Having these patients sleep on. While not eliminating the need for apnic monitoring completely, use of the Popitz Sniff positioner can reduce episodes of sleep apnea and the number of alarms set off by apnic monitors, saving valuable nursing time.


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