Respiratory Depression Safety Surveillance
Building on our leadership in vendor-neutral medical device connectivity and real-time patient safety applications, Capsule’s Respiratory Depression Safety Surveillance (RDSS) application is a revolutionary solution. In a published, peer-reviewed clinical study5 of patients diagnosed or suspected to have Obstructive or Central Sleep Apnea, the use of Capsule’s RDSS analytics with multi-variable thresholds reduced 22,812 alarms generated by bedside capnographs and pulse oximeters to just 209 respiratory depression alerts delivered to clinicians’ mobile phones, a reduction of over 90%. More importantly, the RDSS analytics alerted for every patient that experienced an actual respiratory depression episode – all patients at risk were identified early enough by the analytic to be aroused and avoid the need for any rapid response team deployment, intubation or escalation in care.
Many alarm management systems from other vendors utilize criteria that requires alarms from devices to be sustained for a certain period of time before sending an alert to a mobile clinician. In this same study, use of a 30-second sustained alarm criteria still resulted in over 13,000 alarms, potentially putting both patients and clinicians at risk due to alarm fatigue.
Another study has shown that early detection and clinical intervention for patients at risk of respiratory depression can result in savings of over $1 million dollars a year, through the avoidance of transfers to ICU, reduced length of stay and improved patient flow.6