By J. Paul Curry, MD (anesthesiologist)
This is the concluding article in my series on respiratory dysfunction in post-surgical patients. Here are highlights from the preceding articles:
- “Improving the Safety of Post-Surgical Care,” introduced the concept that, although the current approach to physiologic threshold monitoring works well in the OR, it is unreliable on post-surgical floors.
- “Pulse Oximetry False Alarms on Post-Surgical Floors,” explored in more depth why the threshold for triggering a pulse oximetry alarm should vary depending on the site of care (OR vs post-surgical floor).
- “Detecting Deadly Post-Surgical Respiratory Dysfunction,” reviewed the pattern, called Type I, of respiratory compromise that characterizes the conditions not related to opioid use.
- “The Risk of Opioids in Post-surgical Settings,” examined the two different patterns of respiratory dysfunction (Types II and III) that can occur when opioids are used in post-surgical settings.
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