A new report from the Respiratory Compromise Institute discusses strategies for monitoring patients at risk of respiratory compromise, reports the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety. 

The report notes that respiratory compromise is one of the most serious contributing factors to in-hospital patient mortality amongst common conditions. The team found that the development of in-hospital respiratory failure is associated with a mortality rate of nearly 40%; this rate of death is “twice as high as myocardial infarction and several times higher than for cancer, stroke, congestive heart failure, and renal failure.”

The report identifies eight distinct subsets of respiratory compromise that pose a high risk of patient harm, but could be prevented with early detection and intervention. It also recommends detection strategies for these subsets of respiratory compromise, and suggests that there is an opportunity to update the triggers for rapid response teams to directly address these specific patient populations.

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