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Hospitals Find New Ways to Monitor Patients 24/7
The Wall Street Journal

Hospitals are trying new early-warning systems to monitor patients for subtle but dangerous signs of a worsening condition.

After surgery or during hospitalization for illness, patients are at risk for complications that can quickly turn fatal, such as a depressed breathing rate that can lead to cardiac arrest caused by over-sedation or an adverse reaction to narcotic pain medications. Patients can show signs of deterioration — known in medical terms as “decompensation” — as many as six to eight hours ahead of a cardiac or respiratory arrest, studies show.