Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI) Issues Provider Education Presentations to Raise Awareness of Respiratory Compromise

VIENNA, Va.Jan. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI) announced today the launch of a series of video presentations of industry-leading medical experts discussing respiratory compromise, a pulmonary condition generally characterized by the chronic or acute deterioration of respiratory function. Respiratory compromise in any form contributes to a higher risk of life-threatening respiratory failure. This provider education series is intended to promote a multidisciplinary dialogue among the medical community, especially in hospital settings, such as pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, hospitalists, respiratory therapists, critical care experts, emergency physicians, nurse anesthetists, chest physicians, medical academia, and other stakeholders who are responsible for patient safety, improving quality measures and promoting optimal clinical outcomes.

“Respiratory failure is the second leading avoidable patient safety issue.1 It is one of the top five conditions leading to increasing hospital costs2 and the third most rapidly increasing hospital inpatient cost in the United States.3,” states Phil Porte, Executive Director of the Respiratory Compromise Institute.  “General care floor patients with respiratory compromise are 29 times more likely to die due to these complications,2” he stated. This video series will provide important information on the current research and next steps to preventing respiratory compromise in hospitals across the nation and around the world.

The presentations in the RCI video series were delivered at a recent gathering of respiratory therapists and allied medical providers at American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC18) in Las Vegas, Nevada on the following topics:

  • Overview of Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI) Symposium (RCI-AARC18 Summary Video)
  • Introduction and Moderation presented by Dr. James Lamberti, MD, FCCP, Director, Respiratory Care Services at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Inova Campus
  • History of Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI) presented by Phillip Porte, RCI, Executive Director
  • Populations at Risk: Evidence from Medicare Data Mining presented by Dr. Lamberti, MD, FCCP, Director, Respiratory Care Services at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth UniversitySchool of Medicine, Inova Campus and Dr. Sidney Braman, MD, FCCP, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Future Research Considerations presented by Dr. Jeffery Vender, MD, FCCP, Evanston Hospital and Dr. Neil MacIntyre, MD, FCCP, Duke University Hospital

To access the series on RCI’s You Tube channel, please visit

About Respiratory Compromise
Respiratory compromise, which includes respiratory distress, insufficiency, failure, and arrest, can occur across numerous clinical scenarios. For example, respiratory compromise may appear post-operatively or may be drug-induced by the delivery of a sedative, opioid, or analgesic to patients who were not properly assessed or properly monitored.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, respiratory compromise is the third most rapidly increasing hospital inpatient cost in the United States, with $7.8 billion spent on respiratory compromise in U.S. hospitals in 2007. Respiratory compromise increases patient mortality rates by over 30 percent and hospital and ICU stays by almost 50 percent. RCI defines respiratory compromise as a state in which there is a high likelihood of decompensation into respiratory insufficiency, respiratory failure or death that could be prevented or mitigated through specific interventions (enhanced monitoring and/or therapies).

About Respiratory Compromise Institute 
The Respiratory Compromise Institute brings together a broad-based coalition of medical organizations, companies, and individuals dedicated to reducing—and eventually eliminating—preventable adverse events and deaths due to respiratory compromise.

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