Prison blues

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10/28/2009

Add prison inmates to the growing list of niche populations for sleep apnea.

Executive director Ed Grandi, executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association, gave a talk at a conference attended by health care providers who work with incarcerated adults and adolescents.

In his talk, Grandi offered basic information on how to address this problem as well as suggestions on how to improve adherence to therapy.

I just wonder what kind of problems creep up in tiny prison cells when one inmate suffers from sleep apnea. Which is worse for his cellmate? The snoring?  A noisy CPAP machine? Can they even use CPAPs in prison?

Theresa Flaherty