Opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD) is a life-threatening complication of opioid analgesia. Even the most opioid-tolerant patient isn’t immune. Respiratory arrest is a contributing factor in about one third of the 750,000 cardiopulmonary arrests that occur annually in U.S. hospitals, and about half of these patients previously received an opioid. Mortality for in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest may be as high as 80 percent, with the worst outcomes occurring in medical-surgical units. This course is designed to provide nurses with information on how to use capnography to help detect and prevent serious complications of opioid-induced respiratory depression.
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Heather Carlisle, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, RN-BC
Carlisle is a nurse practitioner at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson and a clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona. She is board certified in pain management from the American Society for Pain Management Nursing.
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