For patients in pain, opioids can be invaluable to their well-being and recovery. However, their use comes with many risks. Too often, patients in the hospital receiving opioids for pain suffer from respiratory depression that leads to injury or death. Left alone, behind closed doors or at the end of a hallway, these patients can quietly stop breathing and slip away, only to be discovered when it’s too late.
A solution to this problem exists, and can be found in continuously monitoring all patients on opioids through a wide range of available technologies.