What is Respiratory Compromise?

Respiratory Compromise (RC) is a potentially life threatening state of unstable respiratory health: It is a gradual, subtle imbalance in patient response that encompasses respiratory failure and arrest, with symptoms that manifest differently in each patient.

When not diagnosed and treated as early as possible, consequences can be fatal.

Respiratory Compromise is the second leading avoidable patient safety issue in the U.S.
It is the fifth top condition leading to increasing hospital costs and third-most rapidly increasing hospital inpatient cost in the United States
More than 60 percent of arrests brought on by respiratory compromise are potentially avoidable
13.79 of every 1,000 hospitalized patients experience respiratory failure following surgery, according to a Healthgrades survey
$7.8 billion was spent on Respiratory Compromise in U.S. hospitals in 2007, and costs are growing, according to the DHHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Respiratory compromise increases a patient’s mortality rate by over 30%, and increase ICU stays by almost 50%

Complications from Respiratory Compromise are increasing rapidly across the clinical spectrum, in part due to expanded use of opioids combined with the lack of standardized guidelines among medical specialties.

While Respiratory Compromise creates problems that are often serious and potentially life-threatening, they are almost always preventable with the proper tools and approach. Appropriate patient monitoring and therapeutic strategies are necessary for early recognition, intervention and treatment.

From Our Experts

Sidney Braman – Respiratory Compromise Institute
Early Identification of Respiratory Compromise is Key | Dr Jim Lamberti – RCI
Hospital Acquired Respiratory Compromise is Common | Dr. Jim Lamberti – RCI

The Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI)

is an alliance of 12 professional medical societies and interested healthcare providers that have mobilized to define the state of Respiratory Compromise and educate the medical community so that the onset of respiratory compromise can be detected to mitigate respiratory failure and arrest.

Together, we aim to elevate awareness surrounding this respiratory state and support the use of monitoring tools and treatments already available, so healthcare professionals can help reduce the incidence of Respiratory Compromise.

Learn more about RCI