Respiratory Compromise: 97% Preventable in Recovery
In an analysis of postoperative respiratory depression (RD) events that resulted in injuries or deaths, 97% were judged as preventable with better monitoring. In claims that resulted in lawsuits, the time between the last nursing check and the discovery of RD was1:
- Within 2 hours in 42% of the cases
- Within 15 minutes in 16% of the cases
Early detection through better monitoring can make a difference.
TOPIC: Respiratory Compromise
1. Lee LA, Caplan RA, Stephens LS, et al. Postoperative Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression: A Closed Claims Analysis. Anesthesiology. 2015;122(3):659-665.