PPAHS Patient Safety Podcasts & Videos explore safety issues and ways to improve health outcomes. Focusing on opioid safety (pain management), venous thromboembolism (blood clots), and alarm management (noise fatigue), the 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.


Return on Investment of Continuous Electronic Monitoring

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Continuous Electronic Monitoring System

Eyal Zimlichman, M.D., MSc, who is Deputy Director General and Chief Quality Officer at Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital, discusses research showing the benefits of the return on investment continuously electronically monitoring patients receiving opioids. Dr. Zimlichman says, “maybe ten years from now, we’ll be seeing continuous monitor on every bed in the hospital. It’s industry’s responsibility and ours as researchers to find the right technology to the right setting.” 

To read a transcript of the interview with Dr. Zimlichman, please click here.

To listen to the interview with Dr. Zimlichman on YouTube, please click here.

6 Nursing Lessons to Avoid Respiratory Compromise


Pamela Parker, BSN, RN, CAPA talks about the death of her 17-year old son, Logan. Logan had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with elements of central sleep apnea. He underwent surgery to open his airway. He tragically died of opioid-induced respiratory depression. Mr. Parker discusses Logan’s death and lessons she has learned from it.

To read the transcript of the interview, please click here.

Reducing Rapid Response Calls by 50% and Avoiding Respiratory Depression During Conscious Sedation

Kenney Rapid Response ActivitationsRichard Kenney, MSM, RRT, NPS, ACCS, RCP (Director, Respiratory Care Services, White Memorial Medical Center) says using capnography monitoring has reduced rapid response calls by more than 50% and, in this interview, offers 5 keys to avoiding respiratory depression during conscious sedation.

Keeping Pregnant Mothers Safe from Blood Clots: Managing the Healthcare Risk in Obese Patients

Lisa Enslow, MSN, RN-BC (Nurse Educator, Women’s Health and Ambulatory Care Services, Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut) discusses four keys for managing the health care risk in obese pregnant mothers.

For a transcript of the podcast, please click Taking the Challenge Out of Managing the Complex Obstetric Patient.


Podcasts/Videos (in alphabetical listing)

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 to detect declines in end tidal CO2 indicating hypoventilation which could lead to hypoxemia.”

Opioid-Induced Respiratory Compromise Can Be Prevented: In Honor of Amanda Abbiehl

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To honor the life of Amanda Abbiehl, Pat Iyer and the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety have re-released this podcast for the five-year anniversary of Amanda’s death. PCA pumps deliver medicine to patients that manages pain. This medicine can lead to respiratory compromise. Respiratory compromise is the second-most frequently occurring preventable patient safety issue and causes higher mortality rates, longer hospital and ICU stays, and millions of healthcare dollars every single year. It is the third most rapidly increasing hospital inpatient cost in the United States … and we can stop it. Approximately 14 million patients use PCA each year and an estimated 600,000 to 2 million adverse events and deaths per year could involve PCA.

For a transcript of the podcast, please see Amanda Abbiehl Podcast Transcript.

For the PCA Safety Checklist, please click here.

Preventing Blood Clots in Pregnancy

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In this podcast, Colleen Lee MS, RN (Maternal/Perinatal Patient Safety Officer, Montefiore Medical Center) discusses the heightened risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE which is commonly referred to as blood clots) in pregnancy.

For a transcript of this podcast, please click Colleen Lee Podcast Transcript.

Rising Maternal Death Rate

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Peter Cherouny, M.D., Emeritus Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Vermont, Chair and Lead Faculty: IHI Perinatal Improvement Community, outlines reasons why the maternal death rate is climbing, pointing to the PPAHS OB VTE Safety Recommendations as part of the solution.


Role of Sequential Compression Device in Preventing Blood Clots


PPAHS Patient Safety Podcast Host Sean Power interviews Sharon Butler, Clinical Nurse IV, Perioperative Services, Stanford University Medical Center, about sequential compression devices for preventing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.



Sleep Apnea + Opiods = Post-Surgical Preventable Death: The John LaChance Story



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