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Patient Monitoring Guide Features Manufacturers’ Answers on Their Monitoring Solutions Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Celebrates 7th Anniversary by Releasing Patient Monitoring Guide

On the 7th anniversary of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), PPAHS is pleased to release the Patient Monitoring Guide.

Since its first blog post 7 years ago, Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, PPAHS) says PPAHS has advocated for continuous electronic monitoring of all patients receiving opioids. Mr. Wong explained that the primary motivation behind the Patient Monitoring Guide is to help answer questions posed by clinicians, hospital executives and risk managers about patient monitoring systems and to help them make decisions on which patient monitoring system best suits their clinical needs:

“We are often asked by our readers and followers what patient monitoring systems that we would recommend. We hope that the Patient Monitoring Guide will help with their decision making process and further encourage the use of continuous patient monitoring in hospitals.”

PPAHS developed a standard set of questions and provided these standard questions to manufacturers of patient monitoring equipment of which PPAHS is aware. Answers from manufacturers can be found by going to the Patient Monitoring Guide.

This Patient Monitoring Guide also provides a forum for manufacturers, clinicians and the public to voice their opinions and experiences about these manufacturers’ patient monitoring solutions.

If you are a manufacturer or know of a manufacturer that has not been included in the Patient Monitoring Guide, please let us know by providing a comment below or by sending us a message, by clicking here.

PPAHS believes that all patients receiving opioids in healthcare facilities should be continuously electronically monitored with pulse oximetry for oxygenation and with capnography for adequacy of ventilation. For the PPAHS position statement on Continuous Electronic Monitoring, please click here.

To view the Patient Monitoring Guide, please click here.

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