Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (April 29, 2017)

This week in #patientsafety, PPAHS featured a new report by the Respiratory Compromise Institute on preventing respiratory compromise. From around the web, a study shows voluntary participation in checklists can reduce post-surgery deaths, a look at the demographics of opioid use, and a look at challenges faced by CIOs in improving opioid safety.


New Report on Preventing Respiratory Compromise in Vulnerable Patients. The Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI) recently published a new report titled “Respiratory Compromise as a New Paradigm for the Care of Vulnerable Hospitalized Patients”.

From Around the Web:

WHO checklist leads to fewer post-surgery deaths. Annals of Surgery found death rates decline in South Carolina in hospitals that chose to participate in the program.

Opioid Use Soars Among Middle Aged and Elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans aged 45 to 64 accounted for about 44% of deaths from overdoses in 2013 and 2014. The proportion of adults 50 and older seeking treatment for opioid addiction has also increased dramatically in recent decades.

Why continuous monitoring will challenge CIOs and their IT systems. Implementation of real-time patient safety initiatives have long been a goal of health system CIOs. Unfortunately, parsing notifications from individual medical devices, reliance on physical spot checks of patients, and the lack of rules-based analytics to assess a patient’s current condition in real-time or identify signs of deterioration puts that achievement out of reach for many hospitals and health systems.

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