Proper inhaler use can prevent many instances of respiratory compromise. In a recent survey, “The Role of Inhalation Delivery Devices in COPD: Perspectives of Patients and Health Care Providers,” researchers from the American College of Chest Physicians surveyed 513 healthcare providers managing COPD and 499 patients with COPD across the United States and found that both patients and healthcare providers place less importance on inhaler devices than medication in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and concluded:
COPD is a tremendous healthcare burden in the U.S. and worldwide, and it is important for patients and their clinicians to understand COPD’s role in respiratory compromise.
To better understand some of the key issues every patient and clinician should know about COPD’s role in respiratory compromise, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is pleased to release a clinical education podcast with the Society of Hospital Medicine’s COPD Team.
The Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI), of which the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is a member, has released the inaugural issue of its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter includes: recent research related to respiratory compromise (RC); highlights from a RCI member society meeting; RCI and member society news and RC-related news; and a list of upcoming events and observances.
Respiratory Compromise is defined by the Respiratory Compromise Institute as
“a state in which there is a high likelihood of decompensation into respiratory insufficiency, respiratory failure or death, but in which specific interventions (enhanced monitoring and/or therapies) might prevent or mitigate decompensation.”
The Respiratory Compromise Institute is a diverse coalition of 14 medical and safety organizations devoted to raising awareness about respiratory compromise:
- American Association for Respiratory Care
- American College of Chest Physicians
- American College of Emergency Physicians
- American Society of Anesthesiologists
- American Thoracic Society
- Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
- National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
- National Association of EMS Physicians
- National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care
- Physician Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
- Society of Anesthesia & Sleep Medicine
- Society of Critical Care Medicine
- Society of Hospital Medicine
- The National Board for Respiratory Care
To read the newsletter, please click here.
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) released a clinical education podcast, “Using Capnography and Recognizing Respiratory Compromise Could Save Patient Lives.”
The podcast features an interview with Jenifer Lightdale, MPH, MD who is division chief, pediatric gastroenterology and chief quality officer at the Children’s Medical Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Articles we have been reading this past week of April 23, 2018 discuss eight ways to improve patient safety and health outcomes.
#1 Way to Improve Patient Safety and Health Outcomes- Use Opioid-Sparing Strategies and More Precise Monitoring
To help identify and monitor for respiratory compromise, Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists has launched a Respiratory Compromise Toolkit.
By Adam Buettner, RRT, FCSRT (President-Elect, Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists) and Carolyn McCoy, BHS, RRT, FCSRT (Director of Professional Practice, Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists)
The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) recently released a Respiratory Compromise Toolkit to help detect and prevent respiratory compromise.
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced its intention to broaden its discussion of respiratory compromise to include non-opioid-related issues and COPD’s role in respiratory compromise.
Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, PPAHS) explained that a discussion of COPD’s role in respiratory compromise is a natural progression of PPAHS initiative in growing awareness of this critical patient safety issue:
Third Most Common Cause of Avoidable Death in the United States
Respiratory compromise is the third most common cause of avoidable death in the United States.
In help recognize and better manage respiratory compromise, clinicians at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) discuss the need for identifying patients at risk, understanding the benefits of early intervention and respiratory monitoring to mitigate patient adverse events and deaths. To listen to the webinar, please click here.
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to announce that the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) webinar on respiratory compromise prevention, recognition and intervention is now available on the PPAHS YouTube Channel.