Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Physician-Patient Relationship

3 Key Patient Safety Initiatives for 2019 PPAHS Presents at the AARC Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit

At the recent 4th Annual AARC Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit, Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) discussed 3 key patient safety initiatives for PPAHS for 2019.

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Also speaking with Mr. Wong on the panel discussion were:

Tim Myers (Chief Business Officer, AARC) moderated the session.

The 3 key patient safety initiatives for 2019 emphasized by Mr. Wong are:

  • Opioid Safety – PPAHS is one of the few patient safety advocates, if not the only, advocating for safer in-hospital use of opioids (no matter what mode of administration – IV, oral, intramuscular, transdermal, etc). Said Mr. Wong, “Most patient advocates concentrate on opioid overdoses, misuse, and diversion that occurs outside of a medical setting. While “street overdoses and users” deserve care and sympathy, by looking at in-hospital opioid safety, PPAHS focuses on what we consider is the root cause of the issue.” PPAHS recommends that all patients receiving opioids in hospital should be continuously electronically monitored.
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  • Open Access – Access by patients to physician-recommended treatments, so that all patients are able to receive such treatments in a timely and affordable manner is a growing concern, said Mr. Wong. He emphasized that without access to treatments, patients will not see improved care.
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  • Sanctity of the Physician-Patient Relationship – To ensure that patients receive physician-recommended treatments, physicians must be able to prescribe medications that they believe are in the best interests of their patients. Interference with this physician-patient relationship by individuals or companies who are not the patient’s doctor may be illegal practices of medicine, said Mr. Wong, which may be subject to criminal and civil liabilities.
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Patient Safety, Practices & Tips

3 Tips for Successfully Discharging a Senior Patient from Hospital

According to the Census Bureau, seniors made up 13.3% of the U.S. population in 2011 and will account for at least 20% of the population by 2060. Max Gottlieb discusses 3 tips for successful discharging a senior patient from hospital.

By Max Gottlieb (Senior Planning)

After being discharged from a hospital, seniors and their families not only have to worry about speeding up recovery through post-operation dieting or physical therapy, but they can experience a myriad of issues completely unrelated to physical health. Knowing what to expect when dealing with the American healthcare system, especially when the patient is using Medicare, can ensure that your loved one has the best possible care under your supervision.  

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Must Reads, Patient Safety

3 Patient Safety Questions Articles PPAHS have been reading the week of October 29, 2018

Articles the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) have been reading the these past week raise 3 patient safety questions:

#1 Patient Safety Question – Are you ready for a mass casualty?

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Patient Safety, Practices & Tips

Treatment and Prevention of Peanut Allergy Two New Therapies for Peanut Allergy

Allergies to peanuts has increasing significantly. In this guest article, Campion Quinn, MD discusses the treatment and prevention of peanut allergy. Dr. Quinn also considers new therapies for peanut allergy.

By Campion Quinn, MD

The prevalence of peanut allergy in the US has more than quadrupled in the past 13 years going from 0.4% in 1997 to 2% in 2010, amounting to more than 6.5 million people.  It has become a significant issue in homes, schools, restaurants, and physician’s offices.

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Must Reads, Patient Safety

9 Patient Safety Tips Articles PPAHS have been reading the week of October 15, 2018

Articles the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) have been reading the these past few weeks provide 11 patient safety tips.

#1 Patient Safety Tip – Lowering psychological distress may lower risks of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and COPD

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Patient Safety

A New Take on Managing Pain

In this guest post, Dr. Aliza Weinrib advocates for a new take on managing pain.

By Dr. Aliza Weinrib Clinical Psychologist, University Health Network

We have all been there. That moment when your doctor asks you, “So… how has your pain been since I’ve seen you last?”

At that moment, you turn to your memory to provide you with a summary of all the ups and downs that you have been through. Of course, you remember your pain! Your pain is very hard to forget or ignore!

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Patient Safety

5 Key Recommendations for Safe Procedural Sedation Position Statement on Patient Monitoring During Procedural Sedation

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is pleased to release the Position Statement on Procedural Sedation.

The number of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures performed outside of the operating room has grown exponentially over the last several decades. Depending on the patient and the medical procedure, many of these are performed under sedation to manage the patient’s pain and/or anxiety without inducing general anesthesia.

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Patient Safety

5 Safety Tips for Senior Patient Health

It’s important to take precautions to ensure a safe and healthy life. With age comes a natural decline in health. In this guest post, Holly Kramer discusses 5 safety tips for senior patient health.

By Holly Kramer

If you or your loved one is a senior, it’s important to take precautions to ensure a safe and healthy life. With age comes a natural decline in health, but by taking safety precautions, you can prevent some of the injuries and illnesses that cause complications in old age. If you’re in 55+ senior living, it’s time to take responsibility for your health and safety. Here are some helpful safety tips that keeps seniors safer and living a longer life.

#1 – Wear an emergency button

As you get older, the risk of experiencing a fall becomes much more threatening, and so having an emergency button can prevent you from being stranded alone in the event you do have an accident. Emergency buttons are small buttons, often attached to a bracelet or an easily accessible item of clothing, that you can press to contact an emergency responder as well as your family in the event you need help. Some emergency buttons even use biomedical sensors to detect when there is something wrong with the wearer’s breathing or heartbeat and to contact help if necessary. An emergency button is a great investment for older adults, particularly those living on their own.

#2 – Leave lights on throughout the house

It’s very important that seniors are able to see as they are navigating their home, because low lighting can increase the chances of an injury. Vision also tends to decline in old age, making it harder to see. To prevent problems, install night lights throughout your hallways, particularly in tight corners or areas far away from windows. When you’re awake at night or on cloudy days, keep all your lights on to increase visibility.

#3 – Cover slippery floors with grip mats

A slippery floor like tile or hardwood will make you much more likely to fall, particularly if you are wearing socks or spill something on the floor. To reduce your chances of falling, be sure all slippery surfaces in your home are covered with grip mats. These are mats that are safe to walk on and use grips to stay in place. You can also place these mats under rugs and carpets for a more aesthetically pleasing look.

#4 – Keep your space clean

You are much more likely to experience an accident if your space is full of clutter and grime, but luckily, this can be prevented with regular cleaning. Be sure to wipe down your floors to prevent slips, particularly right after you’ve spilled something. You should also be cautious of keeping your floors and surfaces clear of clutter, and keeping sharp objects stored safely away in a drawer when they aren’t in use. If you struggle to keep your space organized, investing in a dresser or bookshelves can provide extra storage space so you’ll have an easy place to put things when they aren’t in use.

#5 – Always keep your medications organized

As you get older, you’ll likely have to take more medications to manage physical and mental health conditions. It is very important that you take the medications as specified to prevent any complications. Having a good pill organizer will make it much easier to keep track of what you have and haven’t taken to prevent either missing a dose or taking two in a day. You should also set up a reminder system to ensure that you are taking your pills at the right time.  

It’s very important that seniors take steps to ensure their safety as they get older. If you have a senior in your life or are a senior yourself, assessing your home and daily routine for safety will help you live more comfortably. It also may help to talk to your doctor about any specific risks you have related to your personal health, and ask any other senior living help questions you have.


Holly loves to write on issues related to seniors, aging and retirement. Holly is a frequent contributor on many blogs and websites that help provide comprehensive resources on senior living options.

Patient Safety

Addiction Explained An Obsession That Could Cost You Your Life

In this submission by Erick Blake, his infographic “Addiction Explained” presents how addiction is an obsession that could cost you your life.

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Patient Safety

Atrial Fibrillation Resources from the North American Thrombosis Forum

In this guest article about atrial fibrillation resources from the North American Thrombosis Forum (NATF), Molly Gately, who is the Assistant Director of Content Development for the NATF, provides very useful links to materials that both clinicians and patients will find useful in better understanding atrial fibrillation.

By Molly Gately (Assistant Director of Content Development, North American Thrombosis Forum)

Atrial fibrillation is a life-altering condition that affects at least 2.3 million adults in the United States. It greatly increases a patient’s risk for developing ischemic stroke, and it is imperative that these patients get the medical therapy they require. The North American Thrombosis Forum has designed resources for both healthcare providers and patients to help them understand the risks, treatments, and management of atrial fibrillation.

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