Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Aug 22, 2014)

The PPAHS team has hand-picked some articles that focus on the value of continuous monitoring. The first two focus on continuous electronic monitoring to prevent the risk of respiratory compromise. The last one deals with possible defects in blood monitoring equipment, which you might want to read if you use this equipment.

We hope that you find this weekly addition provides you useful patient safety information.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Expansion of Use of Capnography for Patient Safety

For postsurgical patients receiving opioid pain medications, effective and continuous electronic respiratory monitoring is critical. As a result, an increasing number of health care institutions are expanding their use of capnography to ensure maximum patient safety and prevent adverse events that are predictable. –

To read this RT Magazine article, please click here.

Continuous Monitoring Enhances Patient Safety

Mercy Hospital recently installed a continuous patient monitoring system using advanced pulse-oximetry technology with direct clinical notification, throughout its patient care units. Mercy hospital’s director of respiratory care says “This new monitoring system gives us the opportunity to further enhance patient safety, improve outcomes, and reduce costs by avoiding preventable patient transfers to the ICU.”

To read this The SUN article, please click here.

Blood-Monitoring Equipment Defects

Federal regulators have issued a warning regarding manufacturing defects in the blood-monitoring equipment. The warning letter requires an approved corrective action plan (CAP) and ensuing fines yet to be determined.

Patient safety, in terms of the use for blood and oximetry monitoring, are of utmost importance and clinical value to clinicians assessing patient’s real time condition and making care decisions or alterations in care. The need for quality monitoring equipment, without the worry of a manufacturing defect, is not an issue that should be presented to clinicians to “deal with” when selecting the required monitoring equipment.

To read this BusinessWeek article, please click here.

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