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

  • Ideas to Improve Patient Safety

    Articles the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) have been reading the week of July 16, 2018 suggest ideas to improve patient safety. Ideas to Improve Patient Safety – Requiring Patients to Comply to Conduct Rules to Fight the Opioid Epidemic The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) is now requiring patients admitted for … Read More
  • PPAHS Remembers Amanda Abbiehl on Her 8th Death Anniversary

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety remembers Amanda Abbiehl on her 8th death anniversary. As reported by ABC News, “When Amanda Abbiehl’s parents kissed her goodnight on July 16, 2010, they never imagined it would be for the last time.” To ensure that no other parent or family will have to “the emptiness that … Read More
  • 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%. Mr. Meisel is a patient safety expert at the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) and the … Read More
  • Is a Patient’s Life Worth $30 per Day?

    When I interviewed Dr. Frank Overdyk for a clinical education podcast, “Preventing Avoidable Deaths” I asked myself this question, “Is a Patient’s Life Worth $30 per Day?” Frank Overdyk, MD is an anesthesiologist practicing in Charleston, SC.  He organized two conferences on opioid-induced respiratory depression for the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. Dr. Overdyk also is … Read More

In the News

  • 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.

  • Press Release – COPD’s Role in Respiratory Compromise

    COPD is a tremendous healthcare burden in the U.S. and worldwide. Patients with COPD often suffer from respiratory compromise.

    To better understand the key issues every patient and clinician should know about COPD, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is pleased to release a clinical education podcast with the Society of Hospital Medicine's COPD Team.

    To listen to the podcast, please click here.

    To read the press release, please click here.

  • Press Release – Benzodiazepines and Opioid Use May Result in Respiratory Compromise and Death

    Using benzodiazepines and opioids may be a deadly combination. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 30% of opioid overdoses involve the use of benzodiazepines.

    One of the commonly overlooked complications to safe opioid administration is failing to account for the additive sedation effects of non-opioid medication. In recognition of these dangers, in August 2016, the FDA issued its strongest warning about combined use of opioids and benzodiazepines and issued another caution more recently on September 20, 2017.

    To further emphasize that the concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids may be a deadly combination, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety released a position statement, "Patients Receiving Benzodiazepines, in Combination with Opioid Analgesics, May Suffer from Respiratory Compromise and Death."

    To read the position statement on the concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids, please click here.

    To read the press release, 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