Reducing Deaths from Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression

Letter from the Chairman, November 2018

Dear Readers,

Our Spotlight this month is a success story on Failure to Rescue (FTR) from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, a New Hampshire-based hospital that has over 1.7 million outpatient visits per year. The hospital has worked to eliminate failure to rescue (FTR) from opioid-induced respiratory depression. This month, we speak with Susan McGrath, Director of Research, and George T. Blike, Chief Quality and Value Officer, who share the hospital’s action plan and their impressive results. Among the takeaways, that use of continuous monitoring has enabled the hospital to eliminate unwitnessed failure to rescue events – for the past ten years!  I encourage you to read the article and learn more about how hospitals are proactively working to eliminate preventable patient deaths in hospitals. Change is possible!

To learn more about the Failure to Rescue: Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) click here. Please download and implement it today to save lives tomorrow.

As we head into the holidays, a time to be thankful and reflect on everything you’ve achieved this year, remember that this is the best time to make a difference by helping to advance patient safety whether you work in a hospital, medical technology company, or are a patient or family member. While you still can, help us move closer to ZERO preventable deaths. If you have questions about how you can partner, please reach out to Sarah Miller who can help identify how your organization can partner with us. There’s no cost to joining this Movement!

Joe Kiani
Founder and Chairman
Patient Safety Movement Foundation