EarlySense’s contact-free under-the-mattress monitoring system has been found to detect and alert for respiratory depression with high positive predictive value. This is according to a clinical poster presented at the 2018 American Thoracic Society (ATS) Conference.
The study highlights the use of EarlySense’s continuous monitoring platform to effectively monitor respiratory rate of patients on opioids.
“One of the key complications resulting from opioid use in hospitalized patients is respiratory distress that can lead to ICU [intensive care unit] transfers and sadly, even death. Moreover, respiratory depression is a key risk factor across the healthcare continuum, from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities,” says Michael Wong, JD, executive director of The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), in a release. “For this reason, all patients receiving opioids should be continuously electronically monitored, to help provide early detection of the risk of respiratory depression and enable timely intervention.”
The study analyzed 6,590 hospitalization days—more than 160,000 hours of monitoring via the EarlySense system—and detected 91 events of respiratory depression. The positive predictive value of 70% of events detected by the EarlySense system…