ASA Talk to Show Hospitals Can Save up to $8 Million Annually Using Minute Ventilation as Early Warning for Respiratory Events

Waltham, Mass. (Jan. 20, 2015) – Research to be presented this week at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Practice Management 2015 conference shows that hospitals can annually avoid millions of dollars in costly treatment of preventable respiratory events by using respiratory monitors that are more precise and sensitive than the vintage technologies of pulse oximetry and capnography.  

The study monitored the respiratory status of 114 post-surgical patients, including 50 who received opioids in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU).  It found that non-invasive minute ventilation monitoring  provides otherwise unavailable information about respiratory status which could enable a  clinician to intervene before a patient required significant, costly treatment or an extended stay in the PACU.

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