Respiratory Management

Respiratory Management

This actionable evidence-based practice blueprint provides a checklist for clinicians to create an action plan to improve respiratory management practices and ensure best patient care. This document is revised as needed to incorporate the latest best practices and gold standard of care. The e-book is available free of charge to anyone. © 2022 Patient Safety Movement Foundation.



The Challenge

In just one year in the US alone, over 1.1 million discharges with a diagnosis of respiratory failure required mechanical ventilation, equating to a 10.5-day average length of stay. The patient safety risks of poor respiratory management, such as infection, failed planned extubations, and unplanned extubation, are common and increase organizational cost. The organizational challenge is complicated by the fact that respiratory management spans multiple settings, involves interdisciplinary team members, and necessitates reliable communication, coordination, and teamwork across the system. Many healthcare organizations have successfully implemented and sustained improvements, reducing death from poor respiratory management. This blueprint outlines the actionable steps organizations should take to successfully improve respiratory management outcomes.