Respiratory Compromise; Common, Costly, Deadly and Preventable

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Respiratory compromise is one of the leading avoidable patient safety issue. Respiratory compromise increases morbidity and mortality as well hospital inpatient costs. This presentation will define respiratory compromise, its causes, its implications and evidence-based prevention strategies that include continuous monitoring of ventilation using capnography.


  1. Understand the importance of improving our current Respiratory Compromise prevention paradigms.

  2. Define Respiratory Compromise including the patient pathway and clinical objectives at each phase

  3. Assess major literature on continuous pulse oximetry and capnography

  4. Understand the 3 physiologic pathways that lead to respiratory failure and arrest

  5. Understand the reliability, response time, and accuracy of monitoring options

  6. Learn how capnography waveform provide indication of the quality of ventilation

  7. Recognize the importance of early recognition and intervention in Respiratory Compromise