Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

How to Prevent ‘Dead-in-Bed’ Syndrome With Patients After Surgery: Q&A With Physician Experts and PPAHS

PPAHS is developing a checklist that would reinforce the need for continuous electronic monitoring for oxygenation with pulse oximetry and ventilation with capnography to help prevent so-called “dead in bed” syndrome.

by Rob Kurtz (Editor in Chief, Becker’s ASC Review)

[With permission of ASC Review this article has been reprinted here. Copyright ASC Communications. For the original article, please click here.]

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), an advocacy group devoted to improving patient health and safety, has recently announced it is putting together a working group to create a checklist targeted towards patient-controlled analgesia (PCA).

This checklist would reinforce the need for continuous electronic monitoring for oxygenation with pulse oximetry and ventilation with capnography to help prevent so-called “dead in bed” syndrome. 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