Patient Safety

Is this the Right Question to Ask – Who’s to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic? From the Desk of PPAHS’s Executive Director

Editor’s note: In this editorial from the desk of the Executive Director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, Michael Wong, JD discusses the the recent documents disclosed in the State of Massachusetts against Purdue Pharma and asks whether this is right question to ask – “Who’s to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic?”

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

A lawsuit filed by the state of Massachusetts against Purdue Pharma alleges that the company, the Sackler family (which controls Purdue), and Purdue executives misled doctors and patients about the potential addictive qualities of opioids and, in particular, OxyContin, which Purdue manufactures.

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Patient Safety

Fire Prevention Tips for Patient Healthcare Safety

Editor’s Note: In this guest post, Emily Bartels reminds us of the need to prevent fires in healthcare facilities. She discusses fire prevention tips to improve patient safety.

By Emily Bartels

Fires happen in healthcare facilities at times, but, you can always prevent them from happening.  Here, you’ll learn of the top fire prevention tips for the health and safety of patients in a facility, and what you can do to help rectify any dangers.

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Patient Safety

Are We Doing Enough to Prevent Maternal Death? From the Desk of PPAHS’s Executive Director

Editor’s note: In this editorial from the desk of the Executive Director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, Michael Wong, JD asks, “Are We Doing Enough to Prevent Maternal Death?”

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

A US Crisis

The birth of a child is a time to celebrate. As Angela Johnson, a mother of two, writes:

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Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Respiratory Compromise

3 Recommendations to Implement to Improve Patient Safety During Sedation PPAHS Wishes You a Safe and Happy New Year!

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety wishes you a safe and Happy New Year!

To help make 2019 patient safe, please implement the following 3 recommendations to keep your patients safe:

Patients Receiving Opioids Must Be Monitored With Continuous Electronic Monitoring

Much of the public attention has been focused on the harm caused by prescription use and abuse of opioids. However, there is another facet that must be focused on: opioid-induced respiratory depression in clinical settings. This includes patients undergoing moderate and conscious sedation, or recovering from procedures and managing pain using a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump, particularly those during the postoperative period.

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Patient Safety

Most Viewed Clinical Education Podcasts PPAHS’s Top 3 Most Viewed Clinical Education Podcasts in 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Thank you for making the clinical education podcasts and videos by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety some of the most viewed clinical education podcasts on the web! As of December 21, 2018, PPAHS’s clinical education podcasts have been viewed 680,695 times on YouTube.

PPAHS’s top 3 most viewed podcasts and videos in 2018 were:

#1 Most Viewed Clinical Education Podcast in 2018 – Preventing Avoidable Deaths: Monitor for Respiratory Compromise [viewed 78,204 as of December 21, 2018]

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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.

Key #patientsafety initiatives for 2019 discussed at @aarc_tweets Respiratory‏Patient Advocacy Summit Click To Tweet

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:

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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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