Podcasts

Videos

  • 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.
  • Ensuring child safety during common medical procedures

    Dr. Melissa Langhan (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, at Yale School of Medicine) – “Unfortunately, continuous capnography is not routinely used outside of the operating room. Capnography can really enhance patient safety, and healthcare professionals need to think about using it more often. As our study found, using capnography enhanced patient safety, by being able … Read More

Articles

  • Are You Using Your COPD Inhaler Properly?

    Recent survey points to the need for better education for COPD patients on how to use inhalers. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a respiratory disorder that affects millions of patients and leads to substantial morbidity, mortality, disability, impaired quality of life, and increased health care costs. As the COPD Outcomes-based Network for Clinical Effectiveness … Read More
  • Opioids and Preventing “Dead-In-Bed”

    Articles we have been reading this past week of May 7, 2018 focus on opioids and preventing “dead-in-bed.” How Often Does “Dead-In-Bed” Happen in Hospitals?
  • Recommendations for Procedural Sedation

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced its intention to develop a position statement on recommendations for procedural sedation. Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, PPAHS) explained that such a position statement on recommendations for procedural sedation would encapsulate guidelines and recommendations from leading medical organizations in Canada and the United States:
  • Seven Keys to Preventing More Patients from Dying from Dental Sedation

    The number of patients – and, particularly, children – dying from dental sedation is indicative that there are gaps in the standard of medical care being used during dental sedation. In this article by Bradley T. Truax, MD (The Truax Group) and Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety), the  … Read More

In the News

  • Press Release – Recommendations for Procedural Sedation

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced its intention to develop a position statement on recommendations for procedural sedation.

    Individuals and organizations interested in assisting in the review of the recommendations for procedural sedation are invited to contact PPAHS.

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

  • Press Release – Using Capnography and Recognizing Respiratory Compromise Could Save Patient Lives

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) released a clinical education podcast, "Using Capnography and Recognizing Respiratory Compromise Could Save Patient Lives."

    The podcast features an interview with Jenifer Lightdale, MPH, MD who is division chief, pediatric gastroenterology and chief quality officer at the Children's Medical Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    To view the podcast, please click here.

    To read the press release on Wall Street Select, please click here.

  • Press Release – Marilyn Neder Flack to Board of Advisors

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is very pleased to announce that Marilyn Neder Flack, who was the Senior Vice President, Patient Safety Initiatives at the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and Executive Director at the AAMI Foundation, has been appointed to PPAHS's board of advisors.

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

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

    With the permission of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to release the AAMI video on how to keep patients and their families safe, "Only Continuous Electronic Monitoring Can Ensure Patients Receiving Opioids Are Safe."

    The video can be viewed on the PPAHS YouTube Channel, by clicking here.

    To read the press release on MarketWatch, 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.

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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