Patient Safety, Practices & Tips

Coronavirus Brief for Caregivers 5 Tips for Caregiver Safety During the Covid-19 Crisis

Editor’s notes: Rather than long-winded expressions of concern – which is what seems to be occurring regularly from airlines to grocery stores and everything in between, PPAHS will present coronavirus briefs. We hope that you find this brief on tips for caregivers to be useful and just long enough to be of interest.

The quandary for caregivers during the current Covid-19 crisis is the conflicting recommendations demanding social distancing and the need to make sure that the person that they are caring for is still receiving the attention and care that they need.

Here are 5 steps you can take as a caregiver:

Read More

Blood Clots, Practices & Tips

Blood Clots Can Happen with Anyone, Don’t Think It Can’t Happen to You or Your Loved One Know Your VTE Risk Factors on World Thrombosis Day 2019

In celebration of World Thrombosis Day 2019, here are four much-watch videos on the need to assess all maternal patients for the risk of VTE and to provide the recommended prophylaxis treatment, depending on whether the mother is antepartum or postpartum.

Blood Clots Are Preventable in Pregnant Mothers

Blood clots are preventable in pregnant mothers, but to make this happen, all maternal patients need to be assessed for the risk of DVT and, if the patient is found to be at risk, the patient must be provided the recommended prophylactic treatments. In this video, Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director) discusses PPAHS put together an expert panel to develop the OB VTE Safety Recommendations. He encourages all maternal patients to be assessed and treated for VTE.

Read More

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.  

Read More

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.

Read More

Patient Safety, Practices & Tips

Five Steps to Managing Concussions in Youth Sports

In this guest article, Dr. Steve Horwitz provides 5 steps that should be taken to manage concussions in youth sports.

By Dr. Steve Horwitz

Concussions and CTE. These have been the two buzz words in the sports headlines for the last few years. We read and see how concussions are managed in professional sports (recent World Cup) and the recent examples of this management are disconcerting. The NFL and NHL lawsuits continue and the more we learn, the uglier it gets. What is the influence of professional sports on the decisions made by youth athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators?

Read More

Practices & Tips

Why Sleep is So Important

In this guest submission, Rebecca Temsen writes why sleep is so important.

By Rebecca Temsen

Sleep is the mother of all rest, healing, peace of mind, and emotional stability. So many times, we have seen what happens with our tempers, the structure of our families, and the effectiveness of our jobs when we (or our loved ones) go without sleep. It’s detrimental, it’s starvation-oriented, and it’s decaying. We all need time to rest and be alone in a quiet, peaceful setting.

Read More

Patient Safety, Practices & Tips

Selecting Patient Monitoring Systems Clinical Education Podcast on Wearable, Contact-Free, and Continuous Vital Sign Patient Monitoring

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety released a clinical education podcast – Selecting Patient Monitoring Systems.

“We are often asked by our clinical followers what patient monitoring systems that we would recommend,” said Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executives Director). “To help with their decision making process, we have produced a clinical education podcast to provide some guidance on selecting patient monitoring devices.”

Read More

Opioid Safety, Practices & Tips, Respiratory Compromise

3 Tips for Managing Pain and Using Opioids Safely Articles the PPAHS team has been reading the week of January 15, 2018

From the articles we have been reading this week, here are 3 tips for managing pain and using opioids safely.

#1 Tip for Managing Pain and Using Opioids Safely – Premier Safety Institute new toolkit helps providers manage pain, curb opioid use

Read More

Patient Safety, Practices & Tips

Family Caregiving is Like Having a Full-Time Job Technological Solutions That May be Helpful to the Family Caregiver

By John Schall, Chief Executive Officer of Caregiver Action Network (

Family caregiving can be like having a full-time job. Caregivers manage doctor appointments, provide transportation, make sure medications are taken on time, and keep the home going – to name just a few of the vital tasks that they perform on a daily basis. This can feel overwhelming. To do all this, caregivers sometimes need help. Fortunately, technology can make life a bit easier for family caregivers, and can help keep loved ones safe and healthy. What’s more, these services can help caregivers stay on top of it all and enable them to restore some balance to their lives.

Read More

Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Practices & Tips, Respiratory Compromise

Clinical Tip – Avoiding Opioid-Related Respiratory Depression Continuous electronic monitoring tops pulse oximetry or spot checks

At certain dosages, the opioids you give to patients to manage surgical pain can lead to respiratory depression — and overdoses can lead to respiratory failure.

#opioid overdoses can lead to respiratory failure, insufficiency, and arrest #patientsafety Click To Tweet

In this article published in Outpatient Surgery, Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) discusses why pulse oximetry and nursing spot checks are not enough to prevent respiratory depression and keep patients safe.

PPAHS Statement on Continuous Electronic Monitoring

PPAHS Statement on Continuous Electronic Monitoring

Don't rely on pulse oximetry and nursing spot checks to ensure #patientsafety Click To Tweet

To read the PPAHS Statement on Continuous Monitoring, please click here.

To read the article in Outpatient Surgery, please click here.