Respiratory compromise is a state in which there is a high likelihood of decompensation into respiratory insufficiency and failure, respiratory arrest or death, but in which specific interventions (continuous monitoring and therapies) might prevent or mitigate decompensation.1
Many in-hospital declines may be preventable with better respiratory monitoring and early intervention.2,3,4
Respiratory abnormalities are the most common type of abnormalities prior to ICU admission. 5 Moreover, inpatients with respiratory insufficiency, arrest and failure originating on the general care floor have higher mortality rates, longer length of stay and ICU stays compared to other patients.6
Therefore, implementing better strategies for prevention, monitoring for and management of respiratory abnormalities in patients could lead to improved patient outcomes and decreased costs.
Respiratory insufficiency is one of the most common and serious complications during postoperative period.7 Postoperative respiratory insufficiency risk is increased in emergency surgical procedures (particularly procedures related to trauma), procedures involving the chest or upper abdomen, as well as procedures requiring prolonged anesthesia.7 Additional important risk factors include prolonged sedation, neuromuscular blockade, cardiovascular instability, immobilization and respiratory problems.8 Typically, respiratory insufficiency treatment strategies are directed at addressing the cause of the insufficiency and restoration of pulmonary function.7 Therefore, it is important to have consistent strategies for respiratory insufficiencyprevention, including monitoring and preoperative conditioning in high-risk patients.8
Postoperative respiratory failure is the most frequent postoperative pulmonary complication with major impact on patient outcome and health costs.9 The pathogenesis of postoperative failure isdependent upon factors related to patient status, as well as anaesthetic and surgical procedure employed.10 The incidence of postoperative respiratory failure in the general surgical populations varies between 0.2% and 3.4% (Canet and Gallart, 2014). 10
Discover below what impact respiratory compromise has and which respiratory and monitoring solutions from Medtronic can help with the early identification.
* Remote=locations or surgical procedures performed outside the OR
1. Respiratory Compromise Institute. http://www.respiratorycompromise.org/. 2017.
2. Lee, L. A., Caplan, R. A., Stephens, L. S., et al. Postoperative opioid-induced respiratory depression: a closed claims analysis. Anesthesiology. 2015;122(3):659-665.
3. Quach, J. L., Downey, A. W., Haase, M., Haase-Fielitz, A., Jones, D., & Bellomo, R. Characteristics and outcomes of patients receiving a medical emergency team review for respiratory distress or hypotension. J Crit Care. 2008;23(3):325-331.
4. Taenzer, A. H., Pyke, J. B., McGrath, S. P., & Blike, G. T. Impact of pulse oximetry surveillance on rescue events and intensive care unit transfers: a before-and-after concurrence study. Anesthesiology. 2010;112(2):282-287.
5. TCTMD. Respiratory Compromise: Recognition and Management in Clinical Settings. https://www.tctmd.com/respiratory-compromise-recognition-management-clinical-settings. 2019.
6. Kelley, S., Agarwal, S., Parikh, N., Erslon, M., & Morris, P. Respiratory Insufficiency, arrest and failure among medical patients on the general care floor. Crit Care Med 2012; (12):1–328.
7. Teba L., Omert, L.A. Postoperative respiratory insufficiency. Am Fam Physician. 1995 1;51(6):1473-80.
8. Kösek, V. & Wiebe, K. Postoperative respiratory insufficiency and its treatment. Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift fur Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen. 2015, 86(5):437-443.
9. Blum, J.M., Stentz, M.J., Dechert, R. et al. Preoperative and intraoperative predictors of postoperative acute respiratory distress syndrome in a general surgical population. Anesthesiology 2013. 118:19-29.
10. Canet, J. & Gallart, L. Postoperative respiratory failure: pathogenesis, prediction, and prevention. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2014; 20:56-62.