The Case For Capnography In Patients Receiving Opioids
This course is designed to provide nurses with information on how to use capnography to help detect and prevent serious complications of opioid-induced respiratory depression.
Opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD) is a life-threatening complication of opioid analgesia. Even the most opioid-tolerant patient isn’t immune. Respiratory arrest is a contributing factor in about one third of the 750,000 cardiopulmonary arrests that occur annually in U.S. hospitals, and about half of these patients previously received an opioid. Mortality for in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest may be as high as 80 percent, with the worst outcomes occurring in medical-surgical units. This course is designed to provide nurses with information on how to use capnography to help detect and prevent serious complications of opioid-induced respiratory depression.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Describe opioid-induced respiratory depression.
- Discuss the role of capnography in monitoring patients for OIRD.
- State how to use capnography for patients at risk for OIRD.
Heather Carlisle, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, RN-BC
Carlisle is a nurse practitioner at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson and a clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona. She is board certified in pain management from the American Society for Pain Management Nursing.