Opioid Related Respiratory depression


Iam trying to look for answers on the specific nursing interventions in opioid related respiratory depression. what are the nurses' role?


44 Posts

Specializes in Respiratory, Med/Surg.

Do you have any thoughts on the answer so far? Let us know what you are thinking already, and we can help you from there.


14 Posts

hm thinking off top of my head, freq assessment on vitals esp resp function & make sure u have emergency equipment nearby


6 Posts

I did not have anything in mind. This is an assignment in school, i was only thinking of monitoring vital signs.

So having the ventilation equipment nearby, shouldn't the patient be on ventilation already.

help me com up with the roles of the Nurse.

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

4 Articles; 7,907 Posts

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

Administer medications (e.g., Narcan) as ordered by MD; assess effects of medication. Educate patient and/or patient's family about medication.


14 Posts

not necessarily, but you would have to access the need for ventilation if inadequate... but you would always like to have resuscitation equipement nearby. want to make sure they have adequate oxygenation per o2 sats n vitals, maybe hob up,

nurse2033, MSN, RN

3 Articles; 2,133 Posts

Specializes in ER, ICU.

Monitoring is useless without action. You must act on your assessment findings. Start with your ABCs which is exactly what is going to be compromised in opiod oversedation. Narcan is a direct antagonist for opiods. You must know everything about this drug, it is a true life saver.


6 Posts

Thanks for bringing up the medicine Narcan, here they use the name Naloxene.

If the patient is having PAC (patient controlled analgesia) should the infusion be stopped?


21 Posts

Specializes in Med Surg, Float, Travel. Has 2 years experience.

Right on. Give Narcan/Naloxene and stop the PCA.