This scale is one measure of daytime sleepiness drawn up from criteria published by Dr. Murray Johns in 1991. It lists a number of ordinary tasks and asks the patient to rate the probability that they will fall asleep during such an activity. It is simple and the tasks chosen are universal so can be […]
Falls are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in our aged community. These become more likely with age due to a number of factors including reduced muscle bulk, reduced proprioception and reflexes, vision loss, psychological players and the use of some medications amongst others. It is key to prevent falls in the elderly for they, in many cases, have serious sequelae notably fractures of the hip and head injuries.
Sleep Apnoea is a disorder wherein a patient ceases to breath or respiratory rate falls to an abnormal level whilst asleep. There are different forms of Sleep Apnoea of which Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (or OSA) is one. Others not considered in this article are Central Apnoea and a mixed form of Sleep Apnoea. OSA is due, […]