Failure Is Not An Option: The Need For Continuous Patient Monitoring
Faculty: Elizabeth Craig, MSN, CRNP, FACHE

CE Accreditation for this article expired on April 30, 2017.

Learning Objectives (Outcomes)

Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe causes and impacts of failure to recognize clinical deterioration.
  2. Explain organizational and government awareness of the insufficient patient monitoring problem.
  3. Explain the correlation between time to intervention and avoidable morbidity.
  4. Compare oxygenation and ventilation monitoring versus cardiac telemetry alone.
  5. List outcomes from continuous patient monitoring studies.

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In this one hour CE webinar about patient monitoring, a nationally recognized and respected opinion leader will teach keys to the effective implementation of technology for improved postoperative patient safety. On March 14, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated their requirements for administration of medication in hospitals, particularly intravenous (IV) medications and post-operative care of patients receiving IV opioids. CMS ?strongly encourages? hospitals to review recommendations of patient safety organizations for best practices related to sedation assessment, frequency of monitoring and use of technology-supported monitoring, such as continuous pulse oximetry and/or capnography linked to clinical staff notification devices. This one hour webinar covers patient risk, causes and impacts of failure to recognize clinical deterioration, the correlation between time to intervention and avoidable morbidity, oxygenation and ventilation monitoring versus cardiac telemetry, and technology solutions to improve postoperative patient outcomes.

Continuing Education Credits

The accredited CE provider, The Center of Excellence In Education (CEE), is an organization devoted to meeting the educational needs of all levels of healthcare professionals. This educational activity has been planned in accordance with The California Board of Registered Nursing requirements for nursing education.

Physician Assistants (PAs) can submit this module for Category 2 CME for practice-related activities and self-directed activities per National Commission on Certification of the Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Documentation of awarded credit is provided for registered learners in exchange for completed post test and activity evaluations included in the module.

Target Audience

This webinar is designed for physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), critical care nurses, medical-surgical nurses and other healthcare providers concerned with patient monitoring or postoperative patient safety.

Needs Statement

CEE assesses the needs for CE activities through the latest evidence-based data and science that ultimately improves patient outcomes.

Activity Goals

The overall goal of this activity is to improve knowledge and competence by the target audience implementing technology for improved postoperative patient safety. The learner will be able to call on best practice protocols that provide optimal care.


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Disclosure to the Readers

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All authors and planners have disclosed that they have no relevant conflicts of interest and forms are on file for review.

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Activity Sponsorship

This article is sponsored by The Center of Excellence in Education.

Program Support

This article is funded through an independent educational grant through a commercial supporter. The Center of Excellence in Education ensures that its activities are educational and meet the needs of the target audience.

This educational activity is developed without influence from commercial supporters.

This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from Masimo in accordance with industry standards.


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CE Accreditation for this article originated on March 18, 2016.