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Clinical Education: Dr. Frank Overdyk on Preventing Avoidable Deaths


The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety recently released a clinical education podcast, "Preventing Avoidable Deaths."
In this clinical education podcast, Frank Overdyk, MD, who is an anesthesiologist practicing in Charleston, SC, and who organized the two conferences on opioid-induced respiratory depression for the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, discusses the costs of monitoring patients receiving opioids and the costs of not being monitored. He says that it is impossible to predict with 100% accuracy how a particular patient will react when administered an opioid. Continuous patient monitoring, which costs just $20-$30 per day in the case of monitoring with pulse oximetry, is a small price to pay to help prevent avoidable patient deaths.
This is a cost that Dr. Overdyk believes is justified for today's hospitalized patients.

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