Vol. 1 No. 6 (2021)
Horizon Scans

Wearable Respiratory Sensor for the Detection of Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression

Published June 22, 2021

Key Messages

  • This Horizon Scanning report summarizes information regarding an emerging health technology — a wearable respiratory sensor for the detection of opioid-induced respiratory depression
  • Devices that detect opioid-induced respiratory depression such as RESPMETER could help to prevent opioid overdose deaths by alerting first responders so that they can intervene earlier and administer naloxone.
  • RESPMETER, or devices like it, could play a role in opioid overdose management. However, information on its effectiveness and safety for detecting opioid-induced respiratory depression is needed.