Respiratory Question for the Week of December 16, 2019

Respiratory Compliance Question of the Week


How is hypopnea defined in terms of Nationally Covered Indications (NCI)?


Hypopnea is defined as an abnormal respiratory event lasting at least 10 seconds with at least a 30% reduction in thoracoabdominal movement or airflow as compared to baseline and with at least a 4% oxygen desaturation.

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