Respiratory Compromise

High Risk Patient Protocol: Preventing Respiratory Complications

by Pete Weber, BA, RRT, RPSGT

Editor’s Note: Bellin Health in Green Bay, Wisconsin, had experienced serious patient safety events related to respiratory depression and oversedation in patients during the postoperative period.

These events led the 167-bed hospital to initiate a program for continuous electronic monitoring. Since implementing the program, Bellin has experienced zero respiratory events since May 19th, 2009. Pete Weber, who managed and led the project, offers Bellin’s experience in the guest article below. Read More