March is Blood Clot Awareness Month.
Spearheaded by the National Blood Clot Alliance, #BCAM is a time for patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and advocates to draw attention to deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism.
According to the National Blood Clot Alliance:
“Blood clots do not discriminate. They can and do affect anyone from children to senior citizens, from professional athletes to mothers, women and men – no one is immune. Tragically, roughly 274 lives are lost each day in the U.S. simply because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low.”
Blood Clot Awareness Month is a time for us to highlight stories and resources that you can share with colleagues, patients, and loved ones to bring attention to blood clots. Read More
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) released findings on practical solutions to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement from its Orthopedic VTE Report.
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) released findings on practical solutions to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement in its Orthopedic VTE Safety Report.
The survey gathered 41 respondents from across the United States and targeted experts in orthopedics. The majority of respondents indicated that they were either physicians (42.5%) or nurses (32.5%). Those who elected to identify themselves as “Other” largely fell within four self-identified professions: nurse practitioners, physical therapists, program managers, and pharmacists. About 3 in 5 respondents indicated that their primary work setting was in Orthopedics.
The following is an excerpt of an article on bundled payments for joint replacement written by Michael Wong, JD, Executive Director of PPAHS and Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC, Clinical Nurse Consultant at PPAHS. It was first appeared on The Doctor Weighs In on November 18, 2016. To read the full article, please click here.
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety has been invited to become a partner of World Thrombosis Day, an international multi-organizational campaign devoted to increasing global awareness about thrombosis, including its causes, risk factors, signs/symptoms, evidence-based prevention and treatments.
World Thrombosis Day aims to highlight the need for action on thrombosis, specifically underscoring the unrecognized threat and serious consequences (morbidity and mortality) related to venous thromboembolism (VTE).
The guidelines for preventing VTE after total joint arthroplasty (such as, knee and hip replacement) by the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American College of Chest Physicians are unanimous – both pharmacological and mechanical prophylaxis are needed.
The AAOS recommends the use of pharmacological and/or mechanical compression devices for both total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee replacement (TKA) patients who are not at an elevated risk for VTE or bleeding, as well as for patients with a known bleeding disorder and/or active liver disease.
To better understand and develop practical solutions to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement, PPAHS asks for you to complete this survey on patient safety in orthopedics.
This survey has been sent to orthopedic surgeons and clinicians across the US. Read More
PPAHS will be beginning a new #patientsafety campaign to develop practical solutions to help assess and prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing orthopedic procedures, particularly total knee and hip replacement. More commonly known as blood clots, VTE consists of both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolisms (PE) . Read More
By Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
Editor’s Note: This is the first post in what we hope will become a regular series of opinion pieces which ask our readers to comment on what could be considered controversial. Maternal patients are at risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE, commonly referred to as blood clots), which has been identified as a patient safety issue. In this post, the question asked is whether the recent deaths of young women due to blood clots from taking birth control pills is also a patient safety issue.
Being pregnant increases the risks of blood clots. “For pregnant women, the risk of VTE is 4-5 times higher than women who are not pregnant,” says Andra James, MD (Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine). “Moreover, this risk is at least twice as much following cesarean delivery.”
Hypercoagulation during pregnancy is likely an adaptive mechanism to reduce the risk of hemorrhage during and after the delivery process. Read More
This week (March 13-19) is Patient Safety Awareness Week.
The National Patient Safety Foundation says the campaign is “designed to spark dialogue and promote action to improve the safety of the health care system for patients and the workforce.” Read More