NAMDRC hosts respiratory compromise roundtable


The National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) is set to host a roundtable discussion to review and discuss how to reduce the risk of respiratory compromise.

Respiratory compromise is the second-most frequently occurring preventable patient safety issue and causes higher mortality rates, longer hospital and ICU stays, and millions of healthcare dollars every single year.

It is the third most rapidly increasing hospital inpatient cost in the US. Respiratory compromise consists of respiratory insufficiency, distress, arrest, and failure.

Healthcare leaders from pulmonary medicine and related fields will attend the roundtable.

"Patients admitted to acute care hospitals for a variety of reasons are often at risk for worsening respiratory function that can progress to respiratory failure and poor outcomes," said Dennis Doherty, president, NAMDRC and professor, University of Kentucky College of Medicine. "By bringing together key healthcare leaders, we will discuss whether we are missing opportunities to intervene in order to prevent respiratory failure."

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety recently established the Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI) to leverage industry thought leaders and clinical teams to develop the tools and encourage the research needed to make the changes necessary to save lives from respiratory compromise.

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