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Respiratory compromise is a common cause of preventable harm and death:
– Respiratory causes are the #1 antecedent to code blue
– Respiratory deterioration is the leading trigger of rapid response calls
– Respiratory issues are the #1 cause of ICU admissions
– Respiratory compromise is one of three indicators accounting for 66 percent of all preventable patient safety issues
While not all cases of respiratory compromise are preventable, many are preventable through early identification and intervention. Public media and medical literature is replete with examples and the majority of experienced clinicians can relate to professional experience which demonstrate reported cases are likely a small tip of the iceberg.
You or someone you know may need a medical procedure that requires sedation. If so, you should know about respiratory compromise.
Respiratory compromise is a progressive condition that can occur when a patient is unable to breathe adequately. Pre-existing conditions such as sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or medications such as opioid painkillers and morphine following a procedure may weaken our lungs ability to function properly. The result can be serious, even potentially fatal, if the body can't obtain enough oxygen or get rid of the right amount of
Respiratory compromise is common. In fact it's the second leading avoidable patient safety issue and is a major cause of ICU admissions, rapid response calls, and code blues.
Common risk factors may include…
– Undiagnosed sleep apnea
– Or other chronic disease
If it goes unnoticed, respiratory compromise can lead to a serious healthcare emergency. Fortunately, respiratory compromise can be prevented if detected early. Healthcare professionals can lessen the impact of respiratory compromise in high-risk patients by monitoring them continuously with pulse oximetry and capnography, which measure patients' cardiopulmonary health.
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