Inpatient and Outpatient Specialty Care Clinical Pathway to Triage Tonsillectomy and/or Adenotonsillectomy Patients with or without Preoperative Polysomnography

Consider Sleep Study for Patients at Risk for Complications Intra/Postoperatively
  • Down syndrome
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Neuromuscular disease (incl. cerebral palsy)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Metabolic disease
  • BMI ≥ 95th percentile
ENT Office Visit
Ambulatory Surgery Center
CHOP Day Surgery
CHOP Inpatient
Post-surgery/Perianesthesia Care Unit
If patient needs unplanned admission admit to PICU or Inpatient Surgical Unit
PICU
Inpatient Surgical Unit
Criteria to Determine Surgery Location and Postoperative Management
  Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) CHOP Day Surgery CHOP Inpatient
Age ≥ 3 1/2 y/o
Comorbid conditions cleared
by Anesthesia
> 3 y/o
No comorbid conditions
All patients < 3 y/o OR > 3 y/o with comorbid conditions
Weight Review ASC Patient Selection Review ASC Patient Selection BMI ≥ 35
Polysomnography Results (if applicable) AHI 0-23 and
No high-risk gas exchange concerns
Peak CO2 ≤ 55, O2 nadir ≥ 90
85-89% with approval from ASC
medical director
AHI 0-23 and
No high-risk gas exchange concerns
Peak CO2 ≤ 60, O2 nadir ≥ 85
AHI > 23 and
High-risk gas exchange concerns
Peak CO2 ≥ 60, O2 nadir ≤ 85
Bed Request None None PICU or Inpatient Surgical Unit
Posted: July 2016
Revised: March 2017, April 2018, May 2018, April 2019, March 2020, May 2020
Authors: L. Elden, MD; T. Giordano, DNP; J. Galvez, MD; D. Davis, MD; E. Phillips, RN; D. Toner, CRNP; C. Petro, BSN; A. Williams, CRNP