Respiratory Compromise

Preventing the Third Most Common Cause of Avoidable Death in the United States

Third Most Common Cause of Avoidable Death in the United States

Respiratory compromise is the third most common cause of avoidable death in the United States.

In help recognize and better manage respiratory compromise, clinicians at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) discuss the need for identifying patients at risk, understanding the benefits of early intervention and respiratory monitoring to mitigate patient adverse events and deaths. To listen to the webinar, please click here.

Click the image to watch the Columbia University Medical Center webinar on respiratory compromise.

Click the image to watch the Columbia University Medical Center webinar on respiratory compromise.

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Featured on the webinar are these clinicians from CUMC:

As Dr. Miller explains, patients at-risk for respiratory compromise includes many different patient types and conditions:

Respiratory compromise is lots of different patient types and lots of co-morbities. It could be as complex as acute respiratory distress syndrome into a more simple as COPD, obesity, sleep apnea asthma, or end stage things like pulmonary fibrosis or more commonly just simple infections like the pneumonia or respiratory viral infections.

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Great Need for Awareness about Respiratory Compromise

However, very few patients are being monitored for respiratory compromise, says Dr. Miller, and consequently, there is a great need for awareness about respiratory compromise. Earlier diagnosis could lead to better patient outcomes:

Twenty percent of patients are being monitored for respiratory compromise in the hospital, and earlier awareness and diagnosis are the real barriers to intervention. The earlier you can diagnose the problem, the earlier you can intervene intervene and more optimally you can treat and even prevent things like intubation.

To watch the webinar, please go to the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety YouTube Channel by clicking here.

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