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Paul Curry, MD

Paul Curry, MD
Dr. Curry received his MD degree in 1971 from the University of Florida. He held many leadership and teaching positions while at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach, including liaison physician for Long Beach’s nationally recognized paramedic program, advanced trauma, pediatric, and cardiac life support instruction, and teaching responsibilities for rotating UCLA Emergency Medicine Residents. In the late nineties, Dr. Curry teamed with the University of Pennsylvania under a grant from Nellcor (division of Covidien) to study the problems surrounding early recognition and response to patients becoming unstable while on post surgical hospital floors. Over the next four years, Dr. Curry authored 10 nationally accepted abstracts, an additional paper on the subject, and went on to create at Hoag Memorial one of the finest Rapid Response Teams in the country. Most currently, he retired from his Anesthesiology practice in 2014 but continues to serve as honorary medical staff at Hoag while publishing and lecturing nationally. He consults with Lyntek Medical Technologies, working closely with its Founder, CEO, and close friend Dr. Lawrence Lynn, assisting with its PatientStormChaser technology created to provide unsurpassed clinical safety well into the future. Dr. Curry also sits on the Clinical Committee of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine.
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The Safest Way to Monitor Post-Surgical Patients

This is the concluding article in my series on respiratory dysfunction in post-surgical patients.
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The Risk of Opioids in Post-Surgical Settings

There are two patterns of respiratory dysfunction associated with use of opioids in post-surgical settings. Rescue requires understanding the difference
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Detecting Deadly Post-Surgical Respiratory Dysfunction

This potentially deadly post-surgical respiratory dysfunction will not be detected by pulse oximetry monitoring no matter what the alarm threshold.
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Pulse Oximetry False Alarms on Post-Surgical Floors

Adjusting pulse oximetry alarm thresholds to avoid false alarms and universally monitoring all triggered alarms improves patient safety - so why don't we do it?
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Improving the Safety of Post-Surgical Care

Anesthesiologist Paul Curry thinks ending reliance on threshold breach monitoring is an important step towards improving the safety of post-surgical care.