Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Children Undergoing Sedation Need Better Monitoring

by Sean Power

Researchers have found that the majority of adverse events that happen during opioid infusions in children occur in patients not being treated by clinicians in acute pain service, according to an article by Michael Vlessides in Anesthesiology News.

According to the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, many different types of procedures may require a patient who is a child to stay still or may cause them discomfort if no anesthesia is used. For example, procedures such as MRI scans require the child to be completely still to ensure adequate quality of the scans. Read More

Respiratory Compromise

1/3 of Healthcare Providers Believe Medical Practices Are Not in Accordance with Basic Monitoring Standards

by Michael Wong

In the PPAHS survey conducted among healthcare providers (for pdf download of survey report, please see link below), more than a third believe medical practices are not completely in accord with the Standards for Basic Anesthetic Monitoring set by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Most of the respondents (about 60%) indicated anesthesiology as their medical practice. Read More