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Webinar: Continuous Monitoring…’s Not Just for ICU’s Anymore

December 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


This webinar will discuss developing an Opioid Safety Program. Dr. Frank Overdyk will explain the opioid crisis and discuss successful strategies to implement a monitoring program in your facilities. We will also hear from a hospital that has successfully instituted a Quality Improvement Project regarding opioids: what worked, what didn’t work and how to bring best practice initiatives to your facility.

No recording was made of this webinar due to the changing rules and regulations concerning the presentation topic.



Frank J. Overdyk, M.D.

Dr. Frank Overdyk is an Electrical Engineer and Professor of Anesthesiology with expertise in opioid-induced respiratory depression and patient monitoring.

His passion is patient safety and reducing preventable harm in hospitals. He has published extensively in these areas and has been recognized by Beckers Hospital Review as one of the top 50 experts on Patient Safety.

He Chairs the AAMI Foundation’s Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids.


Nancee R. Hofmeister, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer with extensive experience in planning and executing the delivery of cost-effective, high-quality, and compassionate nursing care in multiple-hospital settings including highly regarded women’s care and pediatric programs. Possesses strong leadership, change management, and business skills necessary to achieve clinical and financial objectives through nursing, from improving outcomes to raising patient and nursing satisfaction, to reaching Magnet status. Commands the full scope of nursing responsibilities from supporting bedside caregivers to functioning as a key member of the executive team, defining, implementing, and evaluating organizational strategy and policy. Nancee successfully spearheaded a Quality Improvement project on the monitoring of opioids at her hospital.

Debra Ghazan, BSN, RN, CNML

Clinical Nurse Manager with over 35 years nursing experience, the last 10 in the nurse management role responsible for all functions on a thirty-one-bed adult Cardiovascular Neurosurgical unit at Evergreen Health in Kirkland Washington. Responsibilities include direct supervision of all staff on this unit which includes recruiting, hiring, and managing and review process. Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. Developed and maintained quality care systems and standards, including but not limited to creating and improving medical protocols/guidelines. Lead and participate in house wide Nursing Councils and mentor to Nursing Professional Practice Council. Principal Nurse Manager on the Continuous Centralized Pulse Oximetry project from conception through implementation.


December 15, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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