The National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care

12-12-16 Respiratory Compromise

Respiratory compromise is not only gaining attention in the medical community but also in the lay media. Please see this television report from News 5 Cleveland, an ABC affiliate television station which ran a story on the phenomenon of “dead in bed”. This refers to unexpected deaths of patients admitted to general medical floor of hospitals; the cause of death is largely attributable to patient controlled analgesia - opiate overdoses.

Respiratory depression is mentioned throughout the story as a preventable issue with the use of appropriate monitoring and heightened awareness of this problem. The Respiratory Compromise Institute is working to better understand his phenomenon with the ultimate goal being to develop clinically feasible and successful strategies to prevent this problem.

Charles W. Atwood, MD, FCCP, FAASM NAMDRC President- Elect

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