3 actions that aren’t being taken to stop the opioid epidemic
#1 Action Not Being Taken to Stop the Opioid Epidemic – Government action
Government is not doing enough to end the opioid epidemic, according to a CNN article interviewing Patrick Kennedy, who is on the US president’s opioid commission.
Abstract: The lesson learned from the death of Michelle McNamara – taking opioids can kill you. The opioid fentanyl can cause delayed respiratory depression and tragically death, particularly when used in combination with other sedating drugs.
Michelle McNamara, the writer and wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, died unexpectedly in her sleep in April 2016. Mr. Oswalt says that her death was caused by a toxic mixture of fentanyl and other drugs. As reported by People:
From the articles we have been reading this week, here are 3 tips for managing pain and using opioids safely.
#1 Tip for Managing Pain and Using Opioids Safely – Premier Safety Institute new toolkit helps providers manage pain, curb opioid use
Editor’s note: In this personal message from the Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, Michael Wong invites you to listen to 3 must view podcasts on reducing opioid-related adverse events.
By Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
Watch and share these 3 Clinical Education Podcasts on how to reduce opioid-related adverse events.
Our podcasts feature health and safety experts on the latest recommendations and best practices:
Millions of gastrointestinal endoscopy are performed each year in the US, with colonoscopies making up the majority of such procedures. Research conducted by Michael W. Jopling, MD and Qiu Jiejing published in BMC Anesthesiology concluded that capnography use associated with reduction of adverse outcomes during procedural sedation.
Their research sought to “estimate the incidence of pharmacological rescue events and death at discharge from an inpatient or outpatient hospitalization where [gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures] GEP was performed with sedation, and to determine if capnography monitoring was associated with reduced incidence of these adverse outcomes.”
Reading about the ongoing coverage of the opioid epidemic this past week has prompted the following questions – do you agree or disagree?
Should newborns with opioid withdrawal be kept together with their mothers?
Newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal have traditionally been separated from their mothers.
With the right medical care, exercise and nutrition, patients can confidently mitigate the impact of a hip injury.
By Jennifer Dawson
Hip injuries are a cause for serious concern in all age ranges, but especially adolescents and the elderly. An unattended injury can cause growth impediments or restrict mobility. Scientific studies by JCCA even found that the effects of a hip fracture can create obfuscating symptoms having potential secondary effects. With the population of the USA aging it’s likely to become more important to consider how to prevent and manage hip injury. Doing this intelligently and in a time efficient manner is important, with family caregiving sometimes time consuming. This article will cover how to effectively manage a hip injury.
The PPAHS team has been reading many must read articles for battling the opioid epidemic this week.
Must Read Articles for Clinicians and Hospital Executives for Battling the Opioid Epidemic
In 2017, we had many interesting patient safety articles – from the PPAHS staff, our Executive Director, guest clinicians and patient safety advocates. Our top 12 patient articles for 2017 focus on the use and management of opioids, and the tragic loss of patient lives from failure to monitor opioid use appropriately:
Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety clinical education podcasts feature interviews on their practices and recommendations for improving patient safety and health outcomes.
Our top 5 patient safety podcasts are: