Capnography, Patient Monitoring

Opioid Therapy With Capnography: Postop pain management approach reduces rescue events by 90% at surgical hospital in Texas

By Jessica Hill, RN (VP of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Texas Health Southlake Hospital, Dallas)

The goal in the development of rapid response teams has been to prevent failure-to-rescue. This failure to recognize when a patient’s condition has deteriorated is a key contributor to in-hospital mortality.

The early detection of the onset of respiratory compromise is clearly a key in knowing when a patient’s condition has deteriorated. Consequently, it was the goal of early intervention that Texas Health Southlake Hospital sought to achieve.

Since we began monitoring our postoperative patients receiving opioids with capnography, our facility has experienced a 90% reduction in the number of rapid response activations.

To read the article in Advance for Nurses, please click here.


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