Opioid Safety

What Can Nurses do to Prevent Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression?

In an article recently published in The Journal of Nursing Administration, Carla Jungquist, PhD, ANP-BC, of the University of Buffalo School of Nursing and her colleagues, looked at data from eight US hospitals that volunteered to share information on how post-operative patients are assessed by their nurses.

The data came from nurse-abstracted electronic healthcare records (EHRs) and focused on nursing assessments conducted every 2 and 4 hours (in practice, assessments were conducted at the 2.5 and 4.5 hour periods because 30 additional minutes were needed for entry into EHRs). The assessments examined three key indicators:

  • oxygen saturation via pulse oximetry
  • respiratory rate
  • sedation score

Michael Wong, JD, founder and executive director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety spoke with Jungquist about her research.

Published originally in ADVANCE for Nurses (which has ceased publication), the article can now be read here.

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