Sleep Apnea Patient Given Strong Opiate Drugs After Surgery Dies of Anoxic …

Opiod painkillers are harmful to sleep apnea sufferrers as they can cause ” respiratory depression “

A patient with sleep apnea was given Percocet and Dilaudid, strong opiod painkilllers, within one hour after surgery and sent home without checking his vitals. The patient should have been kept at the hospital until he was cleared for any post operative respiratory complications.

At the time of the surgery, the attending anesthesiologist knew the man suffered from obstructive sleep apnea, making him a very high risk patient for post-operative breathing problems, such as depressed respiration. “The surgery went brilliantly,

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