Podcasts

  • Nine Minutes to Improving Opioid Safety

    “In just nine minutes, the video summarizes experiences of clinicians in improving opioid safety in their hospital or healthcare facility, and reminds us of the tragic consequences of adverse events and deaths that may ensue if are not proactive in promoting safety. We hope that the video will energize quality improvement and patient safety teams … Read More
  • Importance of Monitoring Patients Receiving Opioids

    This is the second part of the 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”).  The guide is a comprehensive clinician manual created with the aim to decrease opioid-related adverse events in an inpatient setting. To listen … Read More
  • Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids: An Interview with Dr Thomas Frederickson

    The Society of Hospital Medicine developed a guide for Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids (RADEO). To better understand the RADEO Guide, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety interviewed its lead author, Thomas W. Frederickson MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA. In this first part of a two-part interview, Dr. Frederickson uncovers some key takeaways from the … Read More

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

  • PPAHS 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. Michael Wong, JD, founder and Executive Director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), presented a poster on the OB … Read More
  • An Interview With The Creator Of PatientAider: Navigating the World of Hospitals and Healthcare

    By Michael Wong, JD (founder and executive director, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) Often times, as a patient, the hospital and its staff can be a bewildering and seemingly unfriendly environment; processes, procedures, and even the language spoken can truly be confusing. In a recent NY Times article, “In the Hospital, a Degrading … Read More
  • Reducing Obstetric Malpractice Claims Starts With Training, Communication, and Culture

    Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety). — Can “perfect care” exist in the clinical setting? This is one of the questions that was asked at a recent conference that I spoke at with Bruce Pastner, MD, JD (Vice-Chair, Patient Safety & Quality, Inova Fairfax Women’s Hospital). It’s a … Read More
  • Physician-Patient Alliance Appoints Communications Director

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) would like to formally announce that Nicholas Wong has been appointed as Director, Communications. Some readers of the PPAHS blog may have noticed that, over the past year, Nicholas has appeared alongside Sean (Community Manager) and Michael (Executive Director) as an article author. As Communications Director, he … Read More

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.

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