Oxygen Monitoring of Patients After Surgery on the Hospital General Care Floor
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The pain medication given after major surgery may cause some patients to stop breathing for periods of time especially at night time. An oxygen monitor may reflect this abnormal breathing pattern. This is an observational study of 100 post-operative patients who will be monitored with a pulse oximeter for a minimum of two nights and a maximum of five nights to determine the prevalence of this abnormal breathing pattern.
Number of General Care Floor Patients Exhibiting a Saturation Pattern Detection (SPD) Alert. [ Time Frame: 5 days ]
Number of patients on the General care Floor in which a SPD (Saturation Pattern Detection) Alert occurs. Each patient wore a sensor on their finger continuously after surgery for up to 5 days. The sensor was attached to a Nellcor N600X oximeter which measures blood oxygen level. A SPD alert detects a patient's blood oxygen level that is increasing and decreasing in a pattern that is associated with periods of no breathing.
Secondary Outcome Measures :
Number of Participants With Adverse Events (AE) Caused by no Breathing [ Time Frame: Five Nights ]
Number of participants with Airway Obstruction that caused the patient to stop breathing Number of participants with Cardiac arrest w/resuscitation caused by the patient not breathing
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Age of 18 years or older
Discharge from the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) to the GCF after any of the following major surgeries: bariatric surgery, major orthopedic surgery (e.g., total hip replacement), major general surgery (e.g., bowel resections, open cholecystectomy), and major gynecological surgery (e.g., radical hysterectomy)
Pre-existing central neurological disease, including but not limited to recent traumatic brain injury, stroke, and neurodegenerative disease
Ongoing use of mechanical ventilation or continuous positive airway pressure in the GCF