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Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety: Monitoring the High-Acuity Patient: Does Risk Stratification Increase or Decrease Patient Safety?
Date:7/12/2012

.org/announcements.php?id=7">APSF recommendations and conclusions state:

Intermittent 'spot checks' of oxygenation (pulse oximetry) and ventilation (nursing assessment) are not adequate for reliably recognizing clinically significant evolving drug-induced respiratory depression in the postoperative period.

As Dr. Overdyk concludes, "Patient surveillance systems that use continuous monitoring with oximetry and capnography would facilitate early recognition of patient deterioration."

[1] Fecho K, Jackson F, Smith F, Overdyk F: In-hospital resuscitation: Opioids and other factors influencing survival. Ther Clin Risk Manag 2009; 5:961–8

[2] Overdyk FJ, et. al., "Continuous Oximetry/Capnometry Monitoring Reveals Frequent Desaturation and Bradypnea During" Patient-Controlled AnalgesiaAnesth Analg 2007;105:412–8


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