Continuous Monitoring Of Patients On Opioids

The Vision

We recommend improving the safety for non-DNR*, patients receiving parenteral opioids by supplementing ongoing assessments of sedation level and respiratory status with continuous electronic monitoring and opioid sparing strategies (i.e. multimodal analgesia) for timely detection of respiratory decompensation. Experience from early adopters demonstrates that continuous respiratory monitoring combined with education, culture change, and process improvements—including effective management of clinical alarms—increases the quality of patient care in a financially sustainable manner.

*When deemed appropriate by hospital policy.