Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

3 Must View Podcasts on Reducing Opioid-Related Adverse Events An invitation to view PPAHS's latest podcasts

Editor’s note: In this personal message from the Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, Michael Wong invites you to listen to 3 must view podcasts on reducing opioid-related adverse events.

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

Watch and share these 3 Clinical Education Podcasts on how to reduce opioid-related adverse events.

Our podcasts feature health and safety experts on the latest recommendations and best practices:

#1 – Is Respiratory Compromise The New “Sepsis”?

Although sepsis and respiratory compromise are clearly very different conditions, Dr. Jeffrey Vender believes, similar to the sepsis awareness campaign, that greater awareness about respiratory compromise will lead to earlier diagnosis and interventions, which will drastically improve patient outcomes.

Jeffrey S. Vender, MD is Clinical Professor, University Of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine) and Chairman of the clinical advisory committee to the Respiratory Compromise Institute (www.respiratorycompromise.org):

  • Do you agree with Dr. Vender? Is respiratory compromise the new “sepsis”?

Watch and share his podcast – https://youtu.be/xmOpSZaBi1w

#2 – Capnography Monitoring: Yesterday’s Luxury, Today’s Necessity During Conscious Sedation

Monitoring patients undergoing conscious sedation was “yesterday’s luxury” – today, it is a necessity for patient safety.

Matt Kurrek, MD, FRCPC (Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto) and Richard Merchant, MD, FRCPC (Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Anesthesia, Pharmacology & Therapeutics) co-authored an editorial, “Yesterday’s Luxury, Today’s Necessity,” after the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society [CSA] published its revised 2012 guidelines to the practice of anesthesia. The CSA guidelines emphasize the need for end tidal CO2 monitoring during conscious sedation. In this podcast, Drs. Kurrek and Merchant discuss why capnography monitoring may have been considered yesterday’s luxury, but is now a necessity during procedures involving conscious sedation:

  • Are you monitoring your patients undergoing conscious sedation?
  • Do you agree with Drs. Kurrek and Merchant?

Watch their podcast and decide – https://youtu.be/rnr4L46SwDw

#3 – Capnography Monitoring Is A Must for Maintaining “Eyes and Ears” on Patients  

In this clinical education podcast, Barbara McArthur (Advanced Practice Nurse, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada) discusses why she chose capnography to monitor patients undergoing conscious sedation. Capnography monitoring should be used for patients receiving sedation whenever they “cannot be directly observed”:

  • What are your “eyes and ears” on your patient when you are not next to them?
  • Are McArthur’s hospital’s practices different from your hospital’s

Listen and decide – https://youtu.be/7AX0JFAnhQU

I invite you to share your views at end of each of the podcasts –

  • Are these recommendations and best practices useful to your practice?
  • What recommendations and best practices do you have to reduce opioid-related adverse events?

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