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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services
Continuous positive airway
pressure for obstructive sleep
apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome
NICE `technology This leaflet is about when continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
appraisal guidance' should be used to treat adults with obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea
syndrome (sleep apnoea) in the NHS in England and Wales. It explains
advises on when
guidance (advice) from NICE (the National Institute for Health and
and how drugs and Clinical Excellence). It is written for people with sleep apnoea but it may
other treatments also be useful for their families or carers or anyone with an interest in
should be used in the condition.
the NHS. It does not describe sleep apnoea or the treatment in detail ­ your
specialist should discuss these with you. Some sources of further
information and support are on the back page.
Information about NICE technology appraisal guidance 139
Issue date: March 2008

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This may not be the What has NICE said?
only possible
CPAP is recommended as a possible treatment for adults with
treatment for sleep moderate or severe sleep apnoea.
apnoea.…read more

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Continuous positive airway pressure
A CPAP device consists of a mask that is worn by the person during sleep,
which is connected to a pump that creates a flow of air. This airflow is
slightly pressurised, which stops the person's throat from closing or
narrowing during sleep.
What does this mean for me?
When NICE recommends a treatment, the NHS must ensure it is
available to those people it could help, normally within 3 months of
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More information
The organisation below can provide more information and support for
people with sleep apnoea. Please note that NICE is not responsible for the
quality or accuracy of any information or advice provided by this
· The Sleep Apnoea Trust, 0845 606 0685
NHS Direct online ( may be a good starting point for
finding out more. Your local Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) may
also be able to give you further advice and support.…read more


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