Monitoring-for-Opioid-induced-Respiratory-Depression
Challenge 4
Monitoring for Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression

When a patient dies because of a complication that was not recognized in a timely manner, or treated appropriately, that death is preventable and is called "Failure to Rescue." While opioid use is safe for most patients, opioid analgesics are associated with adverse effects and cause respiratory depression in a significant number of post-surgical patients, who often receive them for pain management.

Executive summary checklist

Opioid-induced respiratory depression is a leading cause of preventable patient death (Weinger) and causes serious patient harm. To create a culture of safety and prevent serious harm, health care providers must take steps to prevent opioid-induced respiratory depression and carefully monitor a patient if it happens. Create an action plan Find and
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