5 Key Steps to Assessing and Identifying At-Risk Patients for Respiratory Compromise

By Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, Special for  USDR

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today released an interview on “Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids” (otherwise known as the RADEO  Guide).

RADEO was developed by the Society of Hospital Medicine, the largest organization representing hospitalists and a resource for hospital  medicine.

To better understand the RADEO Guide, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety interviewed its lead author, Thomas W. Frederickson MD, FACP, SFHM,  MBA.

In this first part of a two-part interview, Dr. Frederickson uncovers some key takeaways from the comprehensive publication. In part one of this interview, he focuses on five key steps to identifying and addressing for patient conditions that pose a greater risk of respiratory  depression:

  1. Screen for sleep apnea
  2. Use a screening tool to identify patients with OSA
  3. Build multi-modal and opioid sparing strategies for at-risk patient groups
  4. Educate on the risks of interactions with other medication
  5. Empower clinicians with the right tools and policies

In the last half of this in-depth interview with the lead author of the RADEO Guide, Dr. Frederickson focuses on key strategies to implement in effective patient  monitoring.

To read the article by PPAHS on this interview with Dr. Frederickson and to view a transcript of the interview, please go to the PPAHS blog at  http://www.ppahs.org/blog/

To watch the interview with accompanying slides on YouTube, please click  here.

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