The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is pleased to carry its message of patient safety to healthcare magazines, conferences and webinars. Below are some of the ones we’ve done (our apologies if we’ve forgotten some articles and publications):

Healthcare Reporters and Writers

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is pleased that it is regularly consulted and quoted or referred to by healthcare reporters and writers on patient safety issues, including these news stories:

In the News

  • Press Release – Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Participates in 1st Annual Anticoagulation Summit

    Patient advocates and leading medical societies involved in awareness building and improving patient safety in Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) and venous thromboembolism (VTE) gathered recently for the 1st Annual Anticoagulation Summit, a two-day conference. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Fostering Better Physician-Patient Communications: Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Releases Interview With Creator of PatientAider

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety released a new interview with Mari Miceli, a nurse and the creator of patient safety smartphone app, PatientAider. The app, available on iOS and Android, is a tool designed to help patients, families and their advocates while in hospital educate themselves about patient safety. To read a copy of the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Physician-Patient Alliance Appoints Communications Director

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced that Nicholas Wong has been appointed as Director, Communications. "Nicholas has spent nearly a decade developing and implementing strategic initiatives for major Canadian retail and marketing companies," said Michael Wong, JD, founder and executive director of PPAHS. "In particular, he has built a breadth of knowledge in digital analytics. We are confident that with this skill set, Nicholas will help improve our patient safety outreach." To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Position on Continuous Electronic Monitoring During Opioid Use

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) has released a position paper calling for continuous electronic monitoring for 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.

    A PDF version of the official statement can be found on the PPAHS website here.

    To read the press release, please click here.

  • The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Releases New Patient Story Focussed on Patient-Controlled Analgesia

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) has shared a new patient story video titled "Tyler's Story: A Deadly PCA Medical Error" on its YouTube channel.

  • Press Release: New Report by RCI on Preventing Respiratory Compromise in Vulnerable Patients

    The Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI) has recently published a new report titled "Respiratory Compromise as a New Paradigm for the Care of Vulnerable Hospitalized Patients." The RCI Report is published by the American Association for Respiratory Care, and addresses the unmet needs of respiratory compromise from a clinical practice perspective.

    To read the full report, click here to access the abstract and full monograph on the Respiratory Care Journal.

    To read the press release, please click here.

  • Healthcare Business Today: “Good” Hospitals Require Real Leaders

    As the Executive Director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, a non-profit whose mission is the improvement of patient safety, I am often asked how to tell a “good” hospital (i.e. patient safe) from a “bad” hospital (i.e. unsafe).

    In thinking about “good” and “bad” hospital leadership, I am reminded of two discussions I had with hospital leaders – which leaders’ hospital would you rather be a patient at or, if you are a clinician, work at?

    To read the full article, please click here.

  • Nine Minutes to Improving Opioid Safety

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety released a YouTube video which discusses in nine minutes how to improve opioid safety. The video features highlights from over 10 hours of in-depth interviews released by PPAHS in 2016; altogether, the podcast series has generated over 130,000 cumulative views on YouTube. To read a copy of the press release, please click here.

  • Blood Clot Awareness Month

    In honor of Blood Clot Awareness Month, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety re-released resources for clinicians, patients, and their loved ones to bring attention to blood clot safety. To read the press release, please click here.

  • A Nursing Error Led to My Son’s Unexpected Death

    PPAHS arranged for The Doctor Weighs In to share this story of how the unmonitored use of patient-controlled analgesia and nursing errors led to the unexpected death of a mother's only child (and how it might have been prevented), authored by Victoria Ireland, the mother of the child. Read the full article here.

  • PPAHS Releases Position on Ambulation as Key Health Metric

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety released a position paper calling for patient ambulation as a key health metric alongside other vital metrics such as heart rate and respiration.

    To read the press release, please click here.

    A PDF version of the official statement can be here.

  • PPAHS Releases Position on Ambulation as Key Health Metric

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety released a position paper calling for patient ambulation as a key health metric alongside other vital metrics such as heart rate and respiration. To read a copy of the press release, please click here.

  • What Can Nurses do to Prevent Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression?

    Published in ADVANCE for Nurses, Michael Wong, JD, founder and executive director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety spoke with Carla Jungquist, PhD, ANP-BC, of the University of Buffalo School of Nursing, about how post-operative patients are assessed by their nurses.

  • Press Release – SONORIA and PPAHS Announce Alliance to Improve Clinical Collaboration that Impacts Patient Health and Safety

    The Society for Non OR Intervention and Anesthesia (SONORIA) and the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) are pleased to announce their new alliance focused on promoting safety and optimized outcomes for patients undergoing procedures outside of the Operating Room. Wendy Gross MD, President of SONORIA and Michael Wong JD, Executive Director of PPAHS have each agreed to serve as advisors to their respective organization's Boards. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Releases Report On Orthopedic VTE

    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. To read the press release, click here.

  • Press Release – Opioid Deaths Are (Still) Preventable

    On the death anniversary of Leah, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) remembers an 11-year old girl who died due to opioid-induced respiratory depression 14 years ago today. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Patient Safety Must Reads for November 2016

    "This month's articles on PPAHS' blog focused on key learnings and opioid safety," says Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, PPAHS), "We are also proud to have accepted an invitation to be a partner with World Thrombosis Day as part of our new campaign targeting orthopedic blood clots." To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Physician-Patient Alliance Partners with World Thrombosis Day

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), an advocacy group dedicated to improving patient 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. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – 12 Years of Event-Free Use of Opioids: PPAHS releases interview with Harold Oglesby, RRT, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) interviewed Harold Oglesby RRT, Manager, The Center for Pulmonary Health, Candler Hospital, St. Joseph's/Candler Health System (SJ/C).

    The PPAHS has had the pleasure of featuring Mr. Oglesby in the past; in 2014, SJ/C celebrated 10 years free from opioid-related adverse outcomes under his leadership.  A key driver in this was the successful implementation of capnography monitoring modules to the hospital's existing IV safety platform.  As a result, the Georgia-based hospital has been held as a model nationwide for patient safety with a patient safety record which now exceeds 12 years of event-free use of opioids.

    To read the press release on MarketWatch, please click here.

  • Clinical Pain Advisory & Psychiatry Advisory – 3 Initiatives To Address the Opioid Epidemic

    Due to drastically increased opioid addiction and death from opioids in recent years, medical associations, clinicians, and lawmakers are seeking to find ways to mitigate this epidemic. Below we explore 3 different initiatives that address opioid abuse. Clinical Pain Advisory and Psychiatry Advisory cites PPAHS's "Five Ways Clinicians Can Take the Lead in Addressing the Opioid Crisis".

    To read Clinical Pain Advisory article, please click here.

    To read the Psychiatry Advisory article, please click here.

  • Press Release – Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Conducts Survey on Patient Safety in Orthopedics

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety announced the distribution of a survey to better understand and develop practical solutions to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – PPAHS Launches New Campaign Targeting Orthopedic Blood Clots

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced it will begin a new patient safety 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) . To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – PPAHS to Present at ACI Annual Advanced Forum on Medical Liability, Claims, Coverage, and Risk Management

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) will be presenting at the American Conference Institute's 2nd Annual Advanced Forum on Medical Liability, Claims, Coverage, and Risk Management in New York City.  The 2-day conference, running from October 27 to 28, will bring together professionals from government, healthcare, risk management, and legal fields to discuss the latest trends and issues in today's fast-paced medical liability landscape. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Patient Safety Must Reads for September 2016

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) released Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads for September 2016. To read the press release, please click here.

    To read the September 2016 must reads, please click here.

  • Press Releases – 5 Strategies to Keep Patients Safe When Receiving Opioids

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today released the second part of an interview with Thomas W. Frederickson, MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA - lead author of the Society of Hospital Medicine RADEO guide ("Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids"). In part two of his interview, Dr. Frederickson discusses five key strategies to improve the monitoring of patients receiving opioids. To read the press release, please click here.

     

  • Press Release – 5 Key Resources to Reduce the Risk of Respiratory Compromise with Patients with Sleep Apnea

    In a recent interview by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) on the Society of Hospital Medicine guide for "Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids" (RADEO), the lead author, Thomas Frederickson, MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA, highlighted obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as a key contributing condition to greater opioid use risk. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Are You Pledging to Fight the Opioid Epidemic?

    Recently, Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. (United States Surgeon General) sent a letter to US physicians about the impact that the opioid epidemic has had on communities and asks for their helpVoice your opinion by taking this brief (two minute – five question) online survey by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/opioidepidemic. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Opioids and Benzodiazepines Make a Deadly Combination for Hospitalized Patients

    In a recent interview with Thomas W. Frederickson MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA released by the  Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), the administration of opioids in combination with benzodiazepines in hospitalized patients is discussed. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Is Surgeon General’s Approach to Fighting the Opioid Epidemic Correct?

    Recently, the Surgeon General issued a letter to physicians urging them to take a part in combating the opioid epidemic. On the Surgeon General website, healthcare providers are encouraged to help solve the opioid epidemic - "Our nation faces an opioid crisis. Health care providers are uniquely positioned to help communities and their patients #TurnTheTide on the opioid epidemic. Providers can be the solution. Join the movement. Sign the pledge."

    To understand reactions to the Surgeon General's letter, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) asks for the public and clinicians to complete this brief (two minute – five question) online survey to understand reactions to the Surgeon General's letter by clicking here.

    To read the press release, click here.

  • Press Release – 5 Key Steps to Assessing and Identifying At-Risk Patients for Respiratory Compromise

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) released an interview on "Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids" (otherwise known as the RADEO Guide). RADEO was developed by the Society of Hospital Medicine, the largest organization representing hospitalists and a resource for hospital medicine.  To better understand the RADEO Guide, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety interviewed its lead author, Thomas W. Frederickson MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – 5 Ways for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

    This press release highlights resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in addressing the opioid epidemic. Five ways clinicians can take the lead in addressing this national crisis.

  • Press Release – Ways to Make Opioids Safer: Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Encourages Patient Assessment and Monitoring

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today released three ways to make opioids safer. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads for August 26, 2016

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced the resumption of its weekly review of the trending topics in patient safety from PPAHS and around the world. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Quality Healthcare is a Continuum: PPAHS Interview of Peggy Lange, RT on Intermittent vs. Continuous Monitoring

    In a recent interview with Peggy Lange, RT (Director of the Respiratory Care Department, St. Cloud Hospital) conducted by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), Ms. Lange discussed why intermittent monitoring does not foster quality patient care. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety says No Child Should Ever Die from Elective Dental Anesthesia

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) says that no child should ever die from elective dental anesthesia. To read the press release, please click here.

  • 5 Key Learnings to Create a Culture of Patient Safety with Capnography: Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Releases Interview With Peggy Lange, RT

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety today released an interview with Peggy Lange, RT (Director of the Respiratory Care Department, St. Cloud Hospital). Please click here for a copy of the press release.

  • No Child Should Ever Die from Elective Dental Anesthesia

    By Annie Kaplan, Michael Wong, & Patricia Salber

    Caleb Sears was a healthy 6-year-old boy who was looking forward to ice cream treats after his elective dental surgery. To read the article on why no child should ever die from elective dental anesthesia, please click here.

  • Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Releases 5 Steps for Preventing Opioid Harm to Patients

    Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) releases five steps to reducing opioid harm. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Pharma Letter: Opioids and other medications may result in adverse event or death

    In a follow-up to the podcast with Thomas W. Frederickson MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA, Dr. Frederickson wrote this article on the dangers using certain non-opioids in combination with opioids. For the article, please click here.

  • Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Announces Top Five Patient Safety Interviews

    In honor of the fifth anniversary of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), PPAHS today announced the top five patient safety interviews by PPAHS. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Ranked #9 Patient Safety Authority

    According to Agilience, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is ranked #9 as a patient safety authority. Agilience “combines topic relevancy and peer recognition” to rank top authorities in about 10,000 topics. To read the press release, please click here.

  • Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Celebrates Fifth Anniversary: 5 Tips for Improving Patient Safety

    Today, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) celebrated its fifth anniversary. In recognizing this milestone, Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, PPAHS) pointed out five tips for improving patient safety from PPAHS in the last 12 months. To read the press release, please click here.

  • The Doctor Weighs In – 5 Steps for Preventing Opioid Harm to Patients

    Stephanie Uses, PharmD, MJ, JD (Patient Safety Analyst, ECRI Institute), Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) and Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC (Clinical Nurse Consultant, PPAHS) write about five steps for preventing opioid harm to patients. To read the article, please click here.

  • 5 Lessons Learned from the Joan Rivers Death Settlement

    In this article published in Outpatient Surgery, Frank Overdyk, MSEE, MD (Staff Anesthesiologist, Roper St. Francis), Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPE, CPPS (System Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Saint Vincent’s Healthcare, Ascension Health), Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety), Lynn Razzano RN, MSN, ONC-C (Clinical Nurse Consultant, PPAHS) discuss key learnings from the settlement of the lawsuit involving the death of Joan Rivers. To read the article, please click here.

  • A Promise to Amanda Foundation Says “Capnography Saves Lives”: Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Remembers Amanda Abbiehl on 6th Death Anniversary

    On the sixth death anniversary of 18-year old Amanda Abbiehl, July 17, 2016, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) noted that the motto of A Promise to Amanda Foundation - "Capnography Saves Lives" - is increasingly being realized. For a copy of the press release, please click here.

  • DoctorWeighsIn – A New Tool to Predict Respiratory Failure: An Interview with Hiroshi Morimatsu, MD, Ph.D

    Being able to easily assess a patient’s condition via a single, multi-parameter indicator would help clinicians determine whether changes in treatment are needed. In this article, Michael Wong, JD interviews Hiroshi Morimatsu, MD, Ph.D (Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan) about research he and his colleagues conducted using a patient pulmonary index that gathered into a single indicator a measurement of a patient’s end-tidal CO2, pulse oximetry, respiratory rate, and pulse rate on a ten-point scale. To read the article on DoctorWeighsIn, please click here.

  • National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety and National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids Recognized for Contribution to Patient Safety

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to announce that the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has bestowed a prestigious national gold award on the AAMI Foundation for its patient safety initiatives, specifically the contributions of its National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety and National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids. To read the press release, click here.

  • Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Releases Two Presentations on Reducing Medical Errors and Obstetric Malpractice Claims

    At the recent conference "15th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims," a panel of four health experts discussed "Implementing Preventive Measures, Reducing Risk and Managing Adverse Outcomes." For the complete press release, please click here.

  • 3 Lessons for Preventing Death and Brain Damage in Newborns and Their Mothers: Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety presents at Conference on Obstetric Malpractice Claims

    At the recent conference “15th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims,” Michael Wong JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) spoke on how death and brain damage in newborns and their delivering mothers might be prevented. For the complete press release, please click here.

  • What Can Be Done about Medical Errors?

    Michael Wong and Nicholas Wong, "What Can Be Done about Medical Errors?TheDoctorWeighsIn (June 21, 2016).

  • AAMI Blog: Financial Objections Don’t Add Up in Monitoring Debate

    Michael Wong, JD (executive director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) and Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC (clinical nurse consultant, PPAHS) discuss why financial objections don't add up in the debate about whether to implement continuous electronic monitoring. To read the article in the AAMI blog, please click here.

  • Six Lessons about Opioids and Respiratory Depression, from a Nurse Who Lost Her Son

  • Back to the Future: The Role of Patient Safety Organizations in Protecting Peer Review and Quality Assurance Materials Developed in Past Incidents

    2012 Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference, Back to the Future: The Role of Patient Safety Organizations in Protecting Peer Review and Quality Assurance Materials Developed in Past Incidents, panel discussion with Andrew S. Bolin, Esq. (Partner - Beytin, McLaughlin, McLaughlin, Bolin & Willers, P.A.) and Barbara Rebold, RN, MS, CPHQ (Director, Operations, ECRI Institute PSO - ECRI Institute); click here for PPAHS article on this presentation and here for a pdf of the presentation.

  • Eleventh National Quality Colloquium at Harvard University

    Eleventh National Quality Colloquium at Harvard University (August 13 - 15, 2012); for a handout of PPAHS' poster presentation, please Final Harvard Handout.

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 24th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care

    Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 24th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care (December 9-12, 2012); to read PPAHS article on this presentation, please click here.

  • 60th Congress of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

    60th Congress of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN); for a copy of the handout of the poster, please click PPAHS Handout at AORN Congress.

  • Reducing ADEs and ! Harm Associated with Opioids: Safer Post-Operative Pain Management

    Premier Safety Institute webinar Reducing ADEs and ! Harm Associated with Opioids: Safer Post-Operative Pain Management; for an article on the webinar, please click here; for a pdf of the presentation, please click Final Premier Webinar (April 25, 2013)

  • Northern Regional Respiratory Care Conference (May 2013)

    Northern Regional Respiratory Care Conference (May 2013); for the article on PPAHS' presentation, please click here.

  • Patient Safety Checklist Addresses Opioid Warnings from Joint Commission

    International Anesthesia Research Society's Annual Meeting, Patient Safety Checklist Addresses Opioid Warnings from Joint Commission (May 5-8, 2013); for a copy of handout, please click IARS Handout.

  • Preventing Opioid-Related Adverse Events: Patient Stories and Best Practices

    California Hospital Engagement Network webinar, Preventing Opioid-Related Adverse Events: Patient Stories and Best Practices (May 7, 2013); for a pdf of the presentation, please click Preventing Opioid Related Adverse Events - FINAL; for the article on the webinar, please click here.

  • Society for Technology in Anesthesia Annual Conference

    Society for Technology in Anesthesia Annual Conference (January 2014)

  • Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference

    Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference (March 2014)

  • Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Annual Conference

    Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Annual Conference ( March 2014)

  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Conference

    American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Conference (April 2014)

  • International Anesthesia Research Society’s Annual Meeting

    International Anesthesia Research Society's Annual Meeting (May 2014)

  • National Patient Safety Foundation Annual Conference

    National Patient Safety Foundation Annual Conference (May 2014)

  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Annual Conference

    Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Annual Conference (June 2014)

  • ACI Medical Professional Liability

    ACI Medical Professional Liability (Oct 31, 2014), please click ACI Presentation for a pdf of the presentation.

  • How to Prevent ‘Dead-in-Bed’ Syndrome With Patients After Surgery: Q&A With Physician Experts and PPAHS

    Becker's ASC Review interview of PPAHS and some members of the PCA Safety Checklist group, How to Prevent 'Dead-in-Bed' Syndrome With Patients After Surgery: Q&A With Physician Experts and PPAHS (November 9, 2011)

  • Think Smart to Improve the Safety of Patient-Controlled Analgesia

    Michael Wong, Think Smart to Improve the Safety of Patient-Controlled Analgesia, Hospitalist News (November 30, 2011)

  • Yes, Real-Time Monitoring Would Have Saved Leah

    Lenore Alexander, Yes, Real-Time Monitoring Would Have Saved Leah, HealthCareReport (January 26, 2012)

  • Reducing Errors With Patient-Controlled Analgesia Pumps: Q&A With Bryanne Patail of the National Center for Patient Safety

  • Hospitals can’t afford to give away money, so why are preventable adverse events still occurring?

  • Monitoring Technology for PCA Pumps Can Prevent Adverse Events with Patient-Controlled Analgesia

  • 5 Tips on How to Improve Patient Safety With the Help of Technology

    Michael Wong, 5 Tips on How to Improve Patient Safety With the Help of Technology, Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control (July 17, 2012)

  • Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety checklist supports Sentinel Event Alert on opioid hazards

    Sean Power and Michael Wong, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety checklist supports Sentinel Event Alert on opioid hazards, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (September 25, 2012)

  • Four Technology Recommendations to Reduce Alarm Fatigue

    Michael Wong, Four Technology Recommendations to Reduce Alarm Fatigue, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (November 13, 2012)

  • Addressing The Joint Commission Opioid Warnings: A Case Study From Wesley Medical Center on Reducing Respiratory Depression and Improving Patient Safety

  • Three Tips for Decreasing Alarm Fatigue

    Michael Wong, Three Tips for Decreasing Alarm Fatigue, Internal Medicine News (November 21, 2012)

  • Does CMS Proposed Measure for PCA Safety Go Far Enough?

    Michael Wong, Does CMS Proposed Measure for PCA Safety Go Far Enough?, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (January 12, 2013)

  • Does CMS’ Proposed Quality Measure on Patient Monitoring Adequately Address Patient Safety?

    Michael Wong, Does CMS' Proposed Quality Measure on Patient Monitoring Adequately Address Patient Safety?, Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control (January 15, 2013)

  • Health Experts Discuss Four Flawed Monitoring Practices

    Sean Power, Health Experts Discuss Four Flawed Monitoring Practices, Respiratory Therapy (February - March 2013), page 34

  • 5 Benefits of Adopting Patient Safety Checklists

    Sean Power, 5 Benefits of Adopting Patient Safety Checklists The Doctor Weighs In (May 6, 2013)

  • 3 Ways Technology Can Help Nurses Spend More Time at Patients’ Bedside

    Michael Wong, 3 Ways Technology Can Help Nurses Spend More Time at Patients' Bedside, Advance for Nurses (May 22, 2013)

  • Serious Complications from Opioid Overuse in Hospitalized Patients Prompts Nationwide Alert

    Michael Wong, letter to the editor on Serious Complications from Opioid Overuse in Hospitalized Patients Prompts Nationwide Alert, The Hospitalist (May 2013)

  • Near-Miss Data Show Signs of Trouble Outside OR

    Michael Wong, letter to the editors of Anesthesiology News on Near-Miss Data Show Signs of Trouble Outside OR (May 2013)

  • Nursing Spot Checks for Patient Safety: A Nurse’s Perspective

    Malinda Loflin, Nursing Spot Checks for Patient Safety: A Nurse's Perspective Advance for Nurses (July 3, 2013)

  • Managing Risk with Patient-Controlled Analgesia: Recently Released Safety Checklist Addresses Joint Commission Concerns of Opioid-Related Adverse Events

    Michael Wong, Managing Risk with Patient-Controlled Analgesia: Recently Released Safety Checklist Addresses Joint Commission Concerns of Opioid-Related Adverse Events, Risk Management Quarterly; To read the article in its entirety, please click Michael Wong article RMQ-Summer 2013

  • The Need for Standards in Healthcare: For Improved Patient Safety and Quality of Care

    Chris Jerry and Michael Wong, The Need for Standards in Healthcare: For Improved Patient Safety and Quality of Care, The Doctor Weighs In (December 1, 2013)

  • Survey, Experience Confirms Continuous Electronic Monitoring With Capnography Boosts Patient Safety and Lowers Healthcare Costs

    Harold Oglesby, RT, and Michael Wong, JD, Survey, Experience Confirms Continuous Electronic Monitoring With Capnography Boosts Patient Safety and Lowers Healthcare Costs, Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control (December 30, 2013)

  • One Death, Two Near Misses: Required Action Needed to Prevent Blood Clots in Pregnant Mothers

  • Put the M Back in Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Implementing VTE Prevention Guidelines

  • Identifying Risk of Respiratory Compromise for Patients Using Patient-Controlled Analgesia: Lessons Learned from a National Hospital Survey

    Lynn Razzano & Michael Wong, Identifying Risk of Respiratory Compromise for Patients Using Patient-Controlled Analgesia: Lessons Learned from a National Hospital Survey Society of Anesthesia & Sleep Medicine newsletter (Vol 3, Issue 1, 2014)

  • Why You Should Let Patients Participate in PCA Safety Checklists, Too

  • Recurrent Stroke Victims’ Stories Illustrate Need for New Treatment Guidelines

    Michael Wong, Recurrent Stroke Victims' Stories Illustrate Need for New Treatment Guidelines Becker's Hospital Review (May 30, 2014)

  • New CMS Guidance Recommends Monitoring of All Patients Receiving Opioids: What It Means for Healthcare Providers

  • What Does New CMS Guidance on Monitoring Post-Operative Patients Receiving Opioids Mean for Hospital Practice?

  • Preventing Blood Clots in Stroke Patients

    Lynn Razzano and Michael Wong, Preventing Blood Clots in Stroke Patients Neurology (August 2014)

  • Becker’s Hospital Review – Medical standards of care and the Joan Rivers death

    Michael Wong, Frank Overdyk, Lynn Razzano, and Ken Rothfield, Medical standards of care and the Joan Rivers death Becker's Hospital Review (Nov 7, 2014).

  • Opioid Therapy With Capnography

    Jessica Hill, Opioid Therapy With Capnography Advance for Nurses (December 19, 2014)

  • Three Steps to Limiting Liability to Facility-Acquired Pressure Ulcers

    Scott Buchholz and Michael Wong,Three Steps to Limiting Liability to Facility-Acquired Pressure Ulcers Risk Management Quarterly (January 15, 2015)

  • How monitoring low-acuity patients improves health outcomes

    Michael Wong, How monitoring low-acuity patients improves health outcomes Fierce Healthcare (January 28, 2015)

  • Safety Considerations for Outpatient Surgery

    Lynn Razanno, Safety Considerations for Outpatient Surgery ObGyn.Net (January 23, 2015)

  • Reducing Risk of Blood Clots in Obese Pregnant Women

    Michael Wong, Reducing Risk of Blood Clots in Obese Pregnant Women TheDoctorWeighsIn (Aug 31, 2015)

  • New Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations: Four Key Steps to Better Health Outcomes

    Mark Alberts, Laurie Paletz, and Michael Wong, New Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations: Four Key Steps to Better Health Outcomes Vascular Disease Management (March 27, 2015)

  • Protecting Post-Operative Obese Patients: Nurses should be vigilant against obstructive sleep apnea

    Maureen F. Cooney and Denise Sullivan, Protecting Post-Operative Obese PatientsNurses should be vigilant against obstructive sleep apnea Advance for Nurses (April 30, 2015)

  • Excluding Pulmonary Embolism with Capnography

    Michael Wong, Excluding Pulmonary Embolism with Capnography The Doctor Weighs In (May 1, 2015)

  • Two Steps Can Reduce the Incidence of Secondary Stroke

    Mark Reiter and Brian Fengler, Two Steps Can Reduce the Incidence of Secondary Stroke Practical Neurology (April 2015)

  • Six Nursing Lessons: Nurse and mother reflects on the untimely death of her teenage son

  • Making Opioids Safer at the End-of-Life

    Joseph J. Schlesinger, Making Opioids Safer at the End-of-Life The Doctor Weighs In (July 30, 2015)

  • Improving the Safety of Post-Surgical Care

    J. Paul Curry, Improving the Safety of Post-Surgical Care The Doctor Weighs In (August 20, 2015)

  • Pulse Oximetry False Alarms on Post-Surgical Floors

    J. Paul Curry, Pulse Oximetry False Alarms on Post-Surgical Floors The Doctor Weighs In (September 11, 2015)

  • Detecting Deadly Post-Surgical Respiratory Dysfunction

    J. Paul Curry, Detecting Deadly Post-Surgical Respiratory Dysfunction The Doctor Weighs In (September 28, 2015)

  • The Risk of Opioids in Post-Surgical Settings

    J. Paul Curry, The Risk of Opioids in Post-Surgical Settings The Doctor Weighs In (October 1, 2015)

  • The Safest Way to Monitor Post-Surgical Patients

    J. Paul Curry, The Safest Way to Monitor Post-Surgical Patients The Doctor Weighs In (November 16, 2015)

  • Failure to Monitor Post-Op Patients Increases the Risk of Brain Injury or Death

    Michael Wong, Failure to Monitor Post-Op Patients Increases the Risk of Brain Injury or Death The Doctor Weighs In (November 21, 2015)

  • 5 Keys to Safer Hospital Sedation

    Michael Wong, 5 Keys to Safer Hospital Sedation The Doctor Weighs In (February 16, 2016)

  • Amanda Abbiehl’s death should lead hospitals to safeguards, Granger couple say

    South Bend Tribune, Amanda Abbiehl's death should lead hospitals to safeguards, Granger couple say (February 22, 2012), on PPAHS presentation at University of Notre Dame

  • Notre Dame Students design to save lives

    WNDU (local NBC-affiliate), Notre Dame Students design to save lives (February 24, 2012)

  • Project Health Radio interview

    Project Health Radio interview (August 2, 2012); for the PPAHS article on this interview, please click here.

  • Patient Safety Alliances Urges Hospitals to Address PCA Pump Safety

    Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control, Patient Safety Alliances Urges Hospitals to Address PCA Pump Safety (March 21, 2012), on PPAHS interview of Matthew Grissinger, director of Error Reporting Programs at ISMP

  • Did self-dosing pain pump kill beautiful girl, 18, when she was in the hospital for STREP THROAT?

    UK Daily Mail, Did self-dosing pain pump kill beautiful girl, 18, when she was in the hospital for STREP THROAT? (July 18, 2012), interview with Dr. Frank Overdyk on behalf of PPAHS

  • Young Women’s Death Shed Light on Dangers of PCA Pumps

    ABC News, Young Women's Death Shed Light on Dangers of PCA Pumps (July 18, 2012), interview with Dr. Frank Overdyk on behalf of PPAHS

  • Monitoring the High-Acuity Patient: Does Risk Stratification Increase or Decrease Patient Safety?

    Patient Safety Update eNewsletter, Monitoring the High-Acuity Patient: Does Risk Stratification Increase or Decrease Patient Safety? (July 19, 2012), reference to Dr. Frank Overdyk's article published on PPAHS.

  • Another PCA Pump Safety Checklist

    Patient Safety Solutions, Another PCA Pump Safety Checklist (October 2012), discussion of PPAHS' PCA Safety Checklist

  • Take Advantage of Pain Pump Advances

    Outpatient Surgery, Take Advantage of Pain Pump Advances (February 2013), reference to PPAHS' 6 Steps to Improved Pain Pump Safety

  • Infusion Nurses Society newsletter

    Infusion Nurses Society newsletter (April 2013), on PPAHS' PCA Safety Checklist

  • Girl’s death in a hospital bed pushes drive for Leah’s Law

    Ventura County Star, Girl's death in a hospital bed pushes drive for Leah's Law (April 27, 2013), interview with PPAHS on Leah Coufal death

  • Hospitals Mobilize To Tackle Alarm Fatigue

    Connecticut Health Investigative Team, Hospitals Mobilize To Tackle Alarm Fatigue (March 18, 2013); interview with PPAHS on alarm fatigue

  • Crooner Brian Evans Sues Red Sox and É EVERYBODY!

    Valley Patriot, Crooner Brian Evans Sues Red Sox and É EVERYBODY! (June 25, 2013), reference to PPAHS article on death of Helen Bousquet

  • Legislation To Mandate Patient Monitoring, Nurse Staffing Proposed

    Healthcare Technology Online, Legislation To Mandate Patient Monitoring, Nurse Staffing Proposed (August 14, 2013); quoting substantially from PPAHS article.

  • Patient Safety Tool: Patient-Controlled Analgesia Checklist

    Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control, Patient Safety Tool: Patient-Controlled Analgesia Checklist (December 2, 2013)

  • Hospitals rank alarm fatigue as top patient safety concern

  • Alarm Fatigue a Concern for 19 of Every 20 US Hospitals Surveyed

  • Clinical Alarm Technology: Wish List is a Good Start

    John Bethune editorial, Clinical Alarm Technology: Wish List is a Good Start 24 x 7 Magazine (February 2014)

  • PPAHS: Patient Safety First, Second, and Third

    Jenny Lower, PPAHS: Patient Safety First, Second, and Third 24_7 Magazine (March 21, 2014)

  • 8 overlooked ways to improve patient safety

    Katie Sullivan, 8 overlooked ways to improve patient safety Fierce Healthcare (April 10, 2014)

  • Joan Rivers’ death and end-of-life care, informed consent and risk of routine procedures

  • Joan Rivers’s death spurs new look at outpatient centers

    Sandra G. Boodman, Joan Rivers's death spurs new look at outpatient centers The Washington Post (December 15, 2014)

  • What Did Joan Rivers Die From?

    Lisa A. Goldstein, What Did Joan Rivers Die From? Women's Health (February 19, 2015)

  • ‘On April 17, 2003, I Died’ – What You Need To Know About Lifesaving Technologies

  • Dead in Bed: What Are You Doing for Safer Pain Management?

    Gina Pugliese, Dead in Bed: What Are You Doing for Safer Pain Management? Action for Better Healthcare (March 12, 2015)

  • What The Joint _Commission says about opioids and _respiratory compromise

    What The Joint _Commission says about opioids and _respiratory compromise Patient Safety Monitor (May 1, 2015) [subscription required]

  • Washington Post: Joan Rivers’s death spurs new look at outpatient centers

    Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPE, CPPS (System Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Saint Vincent’s Healthcare, Ascension Health) points out that the question is not whether outpatient centers are better or worse than hospitals, but whether the facility is properly equipped and personnel adequately trained. Dr. Rothfield is a member of PPAHS's board of advisors.

  • Death of Joan Rivers a Wake Up Call for Surgical Centers and Patients

    At the 2015 OR Excellence conference, Kenneth P. Rothfield, M.D., M.B.A. (System Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, St. Vincent’s Healthcare, Jacksonville, FL) discusse why the death of Joan Rivers is a wake up call for surgical centers and patients. Dr. Rothfield is a member of the board of advisors for PPAHS. To read more about this, please click here.

  • PPAHS Founder and Executive Director Michael Wong Nominated for SafeCare Magazine’s Person of the Year

    Michael Wong, JD, Founder and Executive Director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), was nominated for SafeCare Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2015. To read more about this, please click here.

  • Patient Safety Monitor: What The Joint Commission says about opioids and respiratory compromise

    Representatives from pulmonary medicine and patient safety organizations (including PPAHS) gathered with respiratory medicine thought leaders in a roundtable discussion hosted by the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care. Their main objective: Identify ways to recognize respiratory compromise in all patient populations before it evolved into respiratory failure. To read this article (subscription required), please click here.

  • Women’s Health: What Did Joan Rivers Die From?

    To read the article in WomensHealth’s citing the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety’s four ways in which patients can learn from Rivers’ experience, please click here.

  • Fierce Healthcare: Joan Rivers’ death and end-of-life care, informed consent and risk of routine procedures

    As all healthcare professionals know, all procedures--even those deemed routine, minor or elective--have risks. No surgical procedure is absolutely safe, says Michael Wong, executive director of The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, which this week outlined four lessons learned from Rivers' death.  To read the article in Fierce Healthcare, please click here.

  • Article Citing PPAHS: Put DVT Prevention into Practice

    Short cases and speedy ambulation put same-day surgery patients at a relatively low risk for deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism during the perioperative process. But that's no reason to skip measures that can prevent the potentially fatal complications, say experts, who maintain that these extra steps may provide a silent benefit against a silent hazard. For the article in Outpatent Surgery Magazine, please click here.

  • Article Citing PPAHS – 8 overlooked ways to improve patient safety

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety presented a list of ways to improve postoperative patient safety and health outcomes at the annual Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses conference earlier this month. To read the article on Fierce Healthcare, please click here.

  • Article Citing PPAHS – PPAHS: Patient Safety First, Second, and Third

    24×7 Magazine spoke with Michael Wong, JD, executive director for the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety about patient safety and goals for PPAHS. For the article, please click here.

  • The Intertwined Stories of Amanda Abbiehl and Continuous Electronic Monitoring

    In the article, “Silent Danger: PCA Pumps and the Case for Continuous Monitoring” published by Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation in Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology, the story of 18-year old Amanda Abbiehl is told as a powerful reminder of the need for continuous electronic monitoring. To read the article, please click here.

  • Interview – Four Patient Safety Questions to Ask When Using Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Pumps

    Project Health Radio recently interviewed Michael Wong, a health and safety advocate and founder of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS).

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