Opioid Safety

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (May 13, 2017)

This week in #patientsafety, PPAHS featured a video about Tyler, an 18-year-old who survived the surgery for a collapsed lung but not the recovery. He was receiving opioids via PCA pump and was found dead in bed. From around the web, two Canadian patient safety organizations are trying to measure patient harm in hospitals, a biochemist from the University of Colorado looks at NSAIDs and sepsis, and an answer to whether a stroke patient should be driven to the hospital.

From PPAHS:

Tyler’s Story: A Deadly PCA Medical Error. Tyler was placed on a PCA pump to recover from surgery for a collapsed lung. He was found dead in bed. This video tells Tyler’s Story.

From Around the Web:

CPSI and CIHI collaborate on Hospital Harm. For our Canadian readers, two Canadian patient safety organizations have launched an initiative to use administrative data to measure patient harm in hospitals.

Is a New Sepsis Treatment on the Horizon? A biochemist from the University of Colorado looks at whether NSAIDs can be used to combat sepsis.

Should I Drive a Stroke Patient to the Hospital or Not? A good article for the general public on how to get a stroke patient the fastest possible help.

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