Respiratory Compromise: Common, Costly, Deadly

Nearly 30% of post-operative patients and up to 7% of all Medicare patients will suffer from respiratory compromise.([FOOTNOTE=Linde-Zwirble WL, Bloom JD, Mecca RS, Hansell DM. Postoperative pulmonary complications in adult elective surgery patients in the US: severity, outcome and resources use. Crit Care Med. 2010;14: P210.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]),([FOOTNOTE=Agarwal SJ, Erslon MG, Bloom JD. Projected incidence and cost of respiratory failure, insufficiency and arrest in Medicare population, 2019. Abstract presented at Academy Health Congress, June 2011.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) Evidence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a contributing factor in 40% of respiratory depression claims.([FOOTNOTE=Lee LA, Domino KB. Factors associated with postoperative respiratory depression: from the ASA closed claims analysis. ASA Newsletter. 2013;77(5):34-36.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])

The Respiration Rate* parameter, when used with SpO2, the Nellcor™ Saturation Pattern Detection (SPD) Alert, and Nellcor™ SatSeconds Alarm Management technology, provides a complete assessment of a patient’s oxygenation and respiration. This comprehensive at-a-glance view of a patient’s respiratory status and use of a single sensor allow clinicians to better manage their time and workflow, while supporting the clinicians’ commitment to better patient care and faster recovery.

Sensor First: Effective SpO2 Sensor Application

It is important to apply the sensor to the patient first to speed response time to post accurate data. Applying the sensor first can help reduce the monitor response to motion, light, or electrical interference.([FOOTNOTE=Saraswat A, Simionato LK, Dawson JA, Thio M, Kamlin O, Owen L, et al. Determining the best method for Nellcor pulse oximeter sensor application. Acta Paediatr. 2011;10:1-4.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])

  • *Respiration Rate parameter is offered as a software upgrade to the NellcorTM Bedside Respiratory Patient Monitoring System, PM100N.