The SleepStrip: an apnoea screener for the early detection of sleep apnoea syndrome

Eur Respir J. 2002 Jan;19(1):121-6. doi: 10.1183/09031936.02.00227302.


Sleep apnoea svndrome (SAS) is a largely undiagnosed and prevalent disorder. It is associated with cardiovascular morbidity as well as excessive daytime sleepiness and poor quality of life. In the present study the SleepStrip, a novel screening device is introduced, which is low cost and easy to use and is aimed for widespread use. The results of three independent validation studies, which compared the SleepStrip score (Sscore) against "gold standard" polysomnographically-determined apnoea/ hypopnoea index (AHI), are reported both separately and combined. Four hundred and two patients suspected of SAS underwent full polysomnography recordings concomitantly with the use of the SleepStrip. For all samples combined, the correlation between AHI and Sscore was r=0.73, sensitivity and specificity values ranged from 80-86% and 57-86% respectively, and the area under the curve derived from receiver-operating characteristic curves ranged from 0.81-0.92 at varying AHI thresholds. Though not intended as a substitute for polysomnography, the SleepStrip may provide initial screening information, which may be useful in both clinical and experimental settings.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / diagnosis*