Airway pressure therapy used to treat obstructive sleep apnoea

Studies suggest that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is very common in the first year after spinal cord injury, affecting up to 80% of patients. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) overnight is the recognised treatment for OSA. Individuals with spinal cord injury face additional challenges arising from reduced hand function limiting their ability to adjust the CPAP mask, and the need to be able to speak clearly and maintain verbal independence.

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