Must Reads, Patient Safety

8 Ways to Improve Patient Safety and Health Outcomes Articles PPAHS have been reading the week of April 23, 2018

Articles we have been reading this past week of April 23, 2018 discuss eight ways to improve patient safety and health outcomes.

#1 Way to Improve Patient Safety and Health Outcomes- Use Opioid-Sparing Strategies and More Precise Monitoring

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Must Reads, Patient Safety

8 Ways We Need to Reconsider How We Think About Patient Safety Articles PPAHS have been reading the week of April 16, 2018

Articles we have been reading this past week of April 16, 2018 ask us to reconsider how we think about patient safety.

#1 – COPD prevalence is nearly double in rural areas compared to metropolitan areas

The risk of COPD is nearly double in rural areas compared to that in urban areas, according to CDC’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report.

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5 Suggestions for Improving the Health of Babies Articles PPAHS has been reading the week of February 12, 2018

Articles we have been reading this past week of February 12, 2018 provide 5 suggestions for improving the health of babies.

#1 – Exercise the Appropriate Standards of Care

PPAHS has been following the case of Amber Athwal, who suffered brain damage after undergoing dental surgery to extract some of her teeth.

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Must Reads, Opioid Safety

What is and Isn’t being done to stop the opioid epidemic Articles the PPAHS team has been reading the week of January 22, 2018

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.

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Must Reads, Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

5 Questions on Battling the Opioid Epidemic Articles the PPAHS team has been reading the week of January 8, 2018

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.

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Three Must Do’s for Patient Safety Must Reads for Week of December 18, 2017

This week’s must reads contain three must do’s for patient safety.

#1 Must Do for Patient Safety – Prescribe opioids in a reasonable manner

Although opioid abuse, misuse and diversion are clearly valid safety concerns, the current environment has resulted in a backlash against the use of opioids, which has led to reluctance on the part of some physicians to prescribe and to difficulty for some patient to filling their opioid prescriptions.

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Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (June 3, 2017) Tools to enhance patient safety

This week’s must reads focus on patient safety tools.

This week in #patientsafety, PPAHS announced our position that all patients receiving opioids must be monitored with capnography. From around the web, the American Journal of Nursing summarized venous thromboembolism (blood clots) guidelines from American College of Chest Physicians, Ontario released a dataset and tool to explore opioid-related morbidity and mortality, and Pain Medicine News discussed a researcher’s exploration of alternatives to opioids. Read More