NICE endorses continuous positive airways pressure for sleep apnoea

Endorsement of continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) for sleep apnoea by NICE is hoped to improve availability of the therapy across England and Wales.

In a technology appraisal issued this week, NICE said patients with moderate or severe sleep apnoea can be considered for CPAP.

Those with mild sleep apnoea may also be eligible, if their symptoms affect their quality of life and lifestyle advice and other treatments have failed. 

Dr Gillian Leng, NICE deputy chief executive who led the appraisal, said: ‘This guidance will ensure that people with this condition, wherever they live in England and Wales, will be able to access an effective treatment that has the potential to significantly improve their quality of life, as well as reduce the number of road traffic accidents caused by excessive sleepiness.'

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