Cleveland’s News 5 – Dead in Bed – report on opioids

On November 18th Cleveland’s News 5 aired Dead in Bed: A deadly hospital secret. Dead in Bed is the result of a 5 month investigation that interviewed some of the nation’s most respected medical experts on why healthy patients are dying within hours of surgery.

Although the investigative report, stated it believed that new pain management standards implemented 15 years ago may be contributing to risk factors, seems like new news, the AAMI Foundation has been advancing safety in healthcare technology with initiatives on National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids and the Nation coalition for Alarms. Their kick off meeting National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids – in November of 2014 covered the Opioid and Sedative Use Increases the Risk of In-Hospital Cardiopulmonary Arrest and more.

This is an on-going issue that concerns the use and monitoring of patients being given opioids, Opioid deaths effects nearly everyone, regardless of race and has tripled over the last 20 years. This is a real issue that needs the healthcare industry’s attention.

To listen to the the full investigative here report from News 5 click here

To connect with the AAMI click here.

If you haven’t signed up for it there is still time to register for the Bernoulli sponsored webinar  “We See You When You’re Sleeping: Addressing Patient Safety Risks Surrounding Opioid-Induced Sedation” with presenter Jeanne J. Venella DNP, MS, CEN, CPEN on November 30th