Toolkit - Prevention of Respiratory Compromise through Monitoring

What is Respiratory Compromise?

Deterioration in respiratory status with the potential for progression into respiratory failure or death in which timely specific interventions such as enhanced monitoring or therapies may prevent or lessen decompensation.

Early identification of respiratory compromise is the key to instituting appropriate interventions to avoid catastrophic events.*

*Reference:  Morris TA, Gay PC, MacIntyre NR, Hess DR, Hanneman SK, Lamberti JP, Doherty DE, Chang L, Seckel MA. Respiratory Compromise as a New Paradigm for the Care of Vulnerable Hospitalized Patients.  Respir Care 2017;62(4):497–512.