Patient Safety Remains Top Priority as Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City Expands Use of Capnography - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Patient Safety Remains Top Priority as Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City Expands Use of Capnography

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City recently expanded its use of capnography for respiratory monitoring outside the operating room, joining a growing group of healthcare leaders in embracing state-of-the-art patient safety technology.

Capnography measures how effectively patients are breathing and can alert medical caregivers when life-threatening respiratory depression occurs. By measuring the amount of carbon dioxide the patient is exhaling, capnography serves as the earliest indication of evolving respiratory compromise, which can lead to significant morbidity or even cardiopulmonary arrest if undetected.

Long used in operating rooms to monitor patients under general anesthesia, hospitals committed to patient safety are now deploying capnography to monitor the quality of patients' breathing in other care areas where respiratory depression may occur. Early indication of respiratory depression with capnography enables medical staff to intervene before serious adverse events happen. Respiratory depression may occur, such as in certain nonsurgical procedures and in certain hospitalization situations, said James Callaghan, M.D., President, Franciscan-St. Anthony Health-Michigan City.

The Joint Commission, the nation's leading hospital accreditation organization; the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) have all recommended monitoring exhaled carbon dioxide with capnography to detect respiratory depression.

Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City is among the nation's leaders in the early implementation of capnography monitoring outside of the operating room.

"Our hospital's commitment to quality care is further enhanced by our use of capnography," Dr. Callaghan said, adding, "Franciscan St. Anthony Health's use of capnography to monitor the adequacy of ventilation of patients outside the operating room is in line with the latest recommendations and underscores our dedication to patient safety."

Franciscan St Anthony Health-Michigan City chose capnography equipment from Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices.

"We commend Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City for joining hospitals across the nation committed to patient safety through the use of capnography," said Matt Anderson, Vice President and General Manager, Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions, Covidien. "And we appreciate its choice of Covidien's capnography technology as an excellent choice for monitoring patients."

About Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City

Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City is part of Franciscan Alliance. A trusted leader in providing faith-based, integrated health care, Franciscan Alliance brings together the latest technology, innovative procedures and the brightest, most compassionate people to serve our patients in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Throughout our 13 hospitals and many medical practices, we offer a number of nationally recognized Centers of Health Care Excellence.

For more than 135 years, Franciscan Alliance has stayed true to our founding mission to care for everyone who comes through our doors. We treat our patients with the best possible care by following the guiding ethical values embodied by our founding congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. Always mindful of our Christian stewardship to the Roman Catholic Church, we minister with joy, care and compassion according to the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi and our founder, Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel. 

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