by Sean Power
The magazine calls attention to four flawed monitoring practices discussed at a webinar involving Dr. Frank Overdyk, Professor of Anesthesiology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Ray Maddox, Director of Clinical Pharmacy, Research and Pulmonary Medicine at St. Joseph Candler; Tammy Haslar, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Franciscan Alliance at St. Francis Health, and Debbie Fox, Director of Respiratory Care at Wesley Medical Center.
Let’s recap those flawed practices:
- Trusting that intermittent spot checks of vital signs are sufficient for assessing respiratory rate and CO2 levels.
- Continuously monitoring only “high risk” patients.
- Relying on pulse oximetry alone to detect respiratory depression.
- Implementing a monitoring program without creating an education plan.
The article present solutions for each problem highlighting that safer patient care is within reach of hospitals. The Respiratory Therapy Magazine feature comes on the heels of Patient Safety Awareness Week during which the PPAHS re-announced our PCA Safety checklist.
To hear a replay of the webinar, please click here.
What other flawed monitoring practices have you encountered? What solutions work?