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Paul Curry, MD
This is the concluding article in my series on respiratory dysfunction in post-surgical patients.
There are two patterns of respiratory dysfunction associated with use of opioids in post-surgical settings. Rescue requires understanding the difference
This potentially deadly post-surgical respiratory dysfunction will not be detected by pulse oximetry monitoring no matter what the alarm threshold.
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?
Anesthesiologist Paul Curry thinks ending reliance on threshold breach monitoring is an important step towards improving the safety of post-surgical care.