Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is a national advocacy force for addressing patient health and safety priorities that are shared by patients, physicians, regulators, and industry. PPAHS facilitates patient-to-clinician dialogue by improving patient adherence, removing barriers, material translation, and promoting access. By doing so, we seek to ensure that the best practices, communication skills, medications, medical inventions, and technology that can improve care and reduce costs are employed.
“A checklist would help to avoid simple but recurrent errors in packaging and programming the PCA.”
“The conclusions and recommendations of APSF are that intermittent ‘spot checks’ of oxygenation (pulse oximetry) and ventilation (nursing assessment) are not adequate for reliably recognizing clinically significant evolving drug-induced respiratory depression in the postoperative period. For the CMS measure to better ensure patient safety, APSF recommends that monitoring be continuous and not intermittent, and that continuous electronic monitoring with both pulse oximetry for oxygenation and capnography for the adequacy of ventilation be considered for all patients.”