Table 6. Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy
Practice RecommendationLevel of EvidenceReferences
A question about snoring should be part of every pediatric preoperative assessment.* If the answer is affirmative or if a child or adolescent presents with signs or symptoms of OSAS, clinicians should perform a more focused evaluation.B58
Preoperative screening using the STOP or STOP-Bang questionnaire should become routine to identify adult patients at increased risk of OSA.C50, 70
Continuous postoperative monitoring with pulse oximetry is effective in detecting hypoxemic events in patients with known or suspected OSA.B7
  • * The original American Academy of Pediatrics guideline recommends asking about snoring “as part of routine health maintenance visits.”

  • OSA, obstructive sleep apnea; OSAS, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.