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.
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.
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.