Blood Clots

Birth Control Pills Who Is At Risk for Blood Clots?

Editor’s note: In this editorial from the desk of PPAHS’s Executive Director, to help prevent blood clots PPAHS says that clinicians and their patients need to know who is at risk and be knowledgeable about the alternatives.

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

Birth Control Pills and Blood Clots 

Two women – one in the United States and one in Ireland – both recently experienced near-death experiences. Despite being separated by the Atlantic Ocean, both share a widespread practice – they both were taking birth control pills. According to a survey by the CDC, 62% of women of reproductive age are currently using contraception.

In the United States, WREG 3 News reports that 18-year-old Hailey Duncan from Memphis, Tennessee “was rushed to Baptist after she suffered a pulmonary embolism likely caused by birth control pills that blocked off most of the blood flow to her lungs. She went into cardiac arrest several times on the way to the hospital.”

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Must Reads

3 Ideas to Improve Patient Care Articles PPAHS have been reading the week of August 16, 2019

This week, the articles that we have been reading at the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) discuss interesting ideas to improve patient care:

Use Artificial Intelligence to Manage Opioid Use

As the opioid crisis continues on, this article by Cami Rosso, “Using AI to Manage Opioid Use in Hospital ICUs” raises an interesting possibility – the use of artificial intelligence to manage opioid use:

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Patient Safety

5 Alarming Facts about Our Healthcare System Articles PPAHS have been reading the week of July 22, 2019

Articles the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) has been reading this past week provide cause for concern about our healthcare system.

The Cause of the Opioid Epidemic – When Profit is More Important Than People

Information obtained from a legal challenge from The Washington Post and the owner of the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia has revealed disturbing details of the cause of the opioid epidemic. According to the Washington Post:

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Patient Safety

Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Celebrates 8 Years of Patient Safety Advocacy

By Michael Wong (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

Eight years ago, I started Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) with the goal of improving patient safety. Initially focused on opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD), PPAHS has added as key initiatives blood clots and alarm fatigue. As well, we and our collaborating clinicians have addressed many other patient safety issues, including sepsis, sharps injuries, pressure ulcers, pain management, COPD, nursing shortages, and maternal mortality. Our advocacy has been through a diverse range of mediums and venues, such as through conference presentations, articles, blogs, social media, podcasts and videos. 

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Patient Safety

Why Is Technology Adoption in Healthcare So Slow? Personal Reflections on 8 Years of Being a Patient Safety Advocate

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

This week marks the 8th anniversary of Amanda Abbiehl’s tragic death. Her story continues to remind us of the need for continuous electronic monitoring for all patients receiving opioids and more generally of the need for the adoption of new technologies and practices to improve patient safety.

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Patient Safety

How to Avoid Opioids and Surgery for Back Pain

Editor’s note: In this guest article, RJ Burr discusses how to avoid opioids and surgery for back pain.

By RJ Burr, DC, Cert. MDT, CSCS

The Opioid Epidemic. I’m sure you’ve heard of it and it’s very likely you have a personal experience whether it’s you or someone you know who has been affected by the opioid crisis.

Per the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.

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Sepsis

Global Sepsis Alliance Commends Physician-Patient Alliance Video Featuring Dr. Ken Rothfield The Need for Early Detection and Treatment of Sepsis

The Global Sepsis Alliance has commended the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) for its invaluable contribution to reducing the unacceptable human suffering from sepsis. The Global Sepsis Awards, which are sponsored by the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation, honor outstanding efforts to increase sepsis awareness and raise the quality of sepsis prevention and management.

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Patient Safety

We Need More and Better Equipped Nurses A Perspective on Nurses and Technology

Editor’s Notes: In this article, Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) discusses why we need more nurses and better equipped nurses to improve patient safety and care.

By Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

Happy Nurses Week!

As an advocate for patient monitoring, I am often asked how much I value nurses. More particularly, people often ask me –  is PPAHS trying to replace nurses with technology?

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Must Reads

Rethinking Pain Management: 4 Options to Consider Articles PPAHS has been reading

Editor’s note: As the opioid epidemic rages on, we need to rethink how pain is managed. Guidelines aimed at reducing the number of opioids prescribed has had an unintended consequence.

As the opioid epidemic rages on, we need to rethink how pain is managed. Guidelines aimed at reducing the number of opioids prescribed has had an unintended consequence. In the article, “Good News: Opioid Prescribing Fell. The Bad? Pain Patients Suffer, Doctors Say,” the NY Times reports:

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Blood Clots

Maternal Death: the Rising National Crisis of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

In this article, Niran S. Al-Agba, MD (Mom, pediatrician, and Associate Editor at The Deductible); Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) and John Bianchi (Vice President, Finn Partners) discuss the maternal morbidity and mortality epidemic in the US. Seeking to stem this epidemic, The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act was recently signed into law.

Now, the question is how to reduce the national crisis of maternal morbidity and mortality. To reverse increasing maternal mortality, prioritizing venous thromboembolism — the leading medical cause of maternal death in pregnancy — will help lower maternal morbidity and mortality.

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