What Does Continuous Positive-Airway-Pressure Study Mean?
A continuous positive-airway-pressure (CPAP) study is an analysis conducted to determine the appropriate air pressure level for a specific patient's CPAP device.
CPAP therapy is used for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which a person's throat or upper airway collapse while the person is sleeping. The CPAP machine is a device with a hose and mask that delivers a steady stream of air to a sleeping wearer. This positive pressure airflow helps to keep the CPAP user's airways open.
During a CPAP study, which is conducted while the patient sleeps, a sleep technician will adjust, or titrate, the air-pressure levels of the positive airway pressure device to choose the most effective setting. This setting will then be programmed into the CPAP so that it can be used at home by the patient.
A continuous positive-airway-pressure study may also be called a continuous positive-airway-pressure titration study.