Are Patent Airways Post-Surgery Overrated? Sleep Disordered Breathing and Post-Operative Complications

Speaker Amber Galer BS, RRT Date Nov 2, 2016 1:00 PM

Hospitals nationwide are discovering growing numbers in patients with a higher risk for death due to harmful combinations of opioid use and undiagnosed / untreated sleep disordered breathing. This program identifies components that trigger the rise of preventable deaths including: underlying co-morbidities, respiratory disorders such as COPD, and restrictive diagnoses associated with sleep disordered breathing. Pairing the identified risks with poly-pharmacy and home over the counter medications can be deadly match for patients with acute and chronic pain if not managed properly. Hospital-wide active prevention starts with respiratory therapists at the bedside.

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