• COPD’s Role in Respiratory Compromise: An Interview with SHM’s COPD Team

    This Clinical Education Podcast with the Society of Hospital Medicine COPD Team discusses key priorities for managing and treating COPD, including the proper use of inhalers, the role of antibiotics, COPD screening, and priorities for hospitals. Panelists – Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc, MHM (University of Massachusetts Medical School); Valerie G. Press, MD, MPH (University … Read More
  • Preventing Medication Errors

    According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year. In this clinical education podcast, Steven Meisel, PharmMD, who is a patient safety expert at the IHI Institute for Health Care Improvement and the Director of Medication Safety at Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, discusses … Read More
  • Using Capnography and Recognizing Respiratory Compromise Could Save Patient Lives

    Jenifer Lightdale, MPH, MD (Division Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Chief Quality Officer, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center) discusses her latest research showing that capnography monitoring reduces respiratory compromise during procedural sedation and why hospitals and clinicians should be open to using technology to avoid adverse events and patient deaths.


  • Only Continuous Electronic Monitoring Can Ensure Patients Receiving Opioids Are Safe

    This AAMI video describes why only continuous electronic monitoring can ensure patients receiving opioids are safe. It features Marilyn Flack (Executive Director at Association, AAMI) and Senior Vice President, Patient Safety Initiatives, AAMI Foundation, Dr Frank Overdyk, and Laura Batz Townsend.
  • Tyler’s Story: A Deadly PCA Medical Error

    Tyler was 18-years old when he died following a successful routine procedure in hospital. His mother, Victoria Ireland, tells the heartbreaking story of how he succumbed to opioid-induced respiratory depression while on a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump. To view the video, please click here.
  • Case Studies Illustrating the Value of Capnography

    Dr. Melissa Langhan (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, at Yale School of Medicine) – discusses the value of monitoring with capnography in these patient case studies.


  • Hospitalists can play a key role in prevention of respiratory compromise

    By Jeffrey S. Vender, MD Clinicians and even the general public are aware of the dangers of sepsis, the life-threatening illness caused by a body’s response to an infection. Irrespective of one’s perception of pharmaceutical marketing materials or the evidence-based medicine used, awareness about sepsis has led to earlier diagnosis and interventions that have likely … Read More
  • 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 … Read More
  • 3 Patient Safety Questions

    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?
  • Obstacles to Physician-Prescribed Medications – Cost, Delays, and Denials

    Patient health and safety advocates and the biopharmaceutical industry share a commitment to improve patient care and safety to removing obstacles to physician-prescribed medications. At the recent BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit, advocates and industry met to discuss these shared concerns. Representatives from the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety attended the Summit. There … Read More

In the News

  • Press Release – Hospitals to be Evaluated on Their Sleep Apnea Preparedness

    Brian Evans, singer and nominee for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, and the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announce plans to evaluate hospitals on their sleep apnea preparedness.

    Brian Evans and PPAHS are asking people to help prevent patient deaths and donate generously to the Helen Marie Bousquet Fund by clicking here.

    To read the press release on PR Newswire, please click here.

  • DoctorWeighsIn – Opioids Can Kill People in Hospitals Too

    In an article for DoctorWeighsIn, Michael Wong, JD, discusses why opioids don't just cause harm on the "street". Opioids can kill people in hospital too!

    To read the complete article on DoctorWeighsIn, please click here.

  • DoctorWeighsIn – How to Reduce Medication Errors by 82%

    In this article, "How to Reduce Medication Errors by 82%," Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) discusses his interview with Steven Meisel, PharmD, who discusses how to reduce medication errors by 82%.

    To read the complete article, please go to the DoctorWeighsIn.

  • Healthcare Business Today – Is a Patient’s Life Worth $30 per Day?

    In this article written by Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) asks this thought provoking question - "Is a Patient’s Life Worth $30 per Day?"

    To read the full article, please click here.

Patient Stories

Clinical Tools

  • Continuous Electronic Monitoring & Opioid Use – Position Statement

    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) … Read More
  • Position Paper: Patient Ambulation

    Movement is a critical factor to improving patient health. Patient ambulation, the ability to walk from place to place independently with or without an assistive device, is necessary to improve joint and muscle strength, as well as prevent pressure ulcers during extended bed rest. It is a critical factor in improving patient well-being while in … Read More
  • STOPBang Questionnaire

    STOPBang Questionnaire The STOPBang Questionnaire helps screen patients for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Twenty-four percent of men and nine percent of women are affected by OSA. According to researchers, “an estimated 82% of men and 92% of women with moderate-to severe OSA have not been diagnosed.”
  • San Diego Patient Safety Council Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Guidelines of Care

    San Diego Patient Safety Council Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Guidelines of Care This toolkit was prepared by The San Diego Patient Safety Council, which consists of clinicians and healthcare professionals from acute care facilities across Southern California. Although it was prepared “to provide San Diego County Acute Care settings with recommendations for the standardization of intravenous Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) … Read More
  • New York Partnership for Patients Adverse Drug Event Reduction Initiative Team Planning Worksheet for Opioids

    New York Partnership for Patients Adverse Drug Event Reduction Initiative Team Planning Worksheet for Opioids The New York State Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP) is a joint initiative of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)-hospital trade associations representing not-for profit and public health care institutions, including … Read More
  • Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations (PDF)

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  • OB VTE Safety Recommendations (PDF)

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  • PCA Safety Checklist (Word)

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  • PCA Safety Checklist (PDF)

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  • Alarm Safety

    Alarm Safety is actively managing the number of alarms (by for example configuring default settings for the specific patient and regularly changing electrodes) and ensuring monitors sound at the appropriate volume and are not muted. Learn more.

Show Me:

PPAHS Patient Safety resources explore safety issues and ways to improve health outcomes. Focusing on opiod safety (pain management), venous thromboembolism (blood clots), and alarm management (noise fatigue).

PPAHS Patient Safety Podcasts and Videos offer in-depth interviews with thought leaders, researchers, patients, and health care professionals from the field to bring a diverse set of perspectives on patient safety issues.

PPAHS Surveys

Conference Poster and Webinar Presentations