Podcasts

Videos

  • 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
  • Rising Maternal Death Rate

    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.

Articles

  • Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (March 25, 2017)

    This week in #patientsafety, we highlight again that it is Blood Clot Awareness Month. From around the web, three studies: one on the effect of hospital inspectors on patient safety; one on sepsis; and, one on the relationship between opioid supply levels and long-term use. From PPAHS: March is Blood Clot Awareness Month. Blood Clot … Read More
  • March is Blood Clot Awareness Month

    March is Blood Clot Awareness Month. Spearheaded by the National Blood Clot Alliance, #BCAM is a time for patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and advocates to draw attention to deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism. According to the National Blood Clot Alliance: “Blood clots do not discriminate. They can and do affect anyone from children to … Read More
  • Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (March 18, 2017)

    This week in #patientsafety, we marked Patient Safety Awareness Week. We want every week to be patient safety awareness week, so we published an article about saying so. We also shared a story written by a mother whose son died after a nursing error. From around the web, we highlight research on sepsis and opioid … Read More
  • A Nursing Error Led to My Son’s Unexpected Death

    This is the story of how the unmonitored use of patient-controlled analgesia and nursing errors led to the unexpected death of a mother’s only child (and how it might have been prevented). By Victoria Ireland On Saturday, the 5th of November, 2011, my life fell apart when my only son Tyler left this world. One … Read More

In the News

  • A Nursing Error Led to My Son’s Unexpected Death

    PPAHS arranged for The Doctor Weighs In to share this story of how the unmonitored use of patient-controlled analgesia and nursing errors led to the unexpected death of a mother's only child (and how it might have been prevented), authored by Victoria Ireland, the mother of the child. Read the full article here.

  • PPAHS Releases Position on Ambulation as Key Health Metric

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety released a position paper calling for patient ambulation as a key health metric alongside other vital metrics such as heart rate and respiration.

    To read the press release, please click here.

    A PDF version of the official statement can be here.

  • PPAHS Releases Position on Ambulation as Key Health Metric

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety released a position paper calling for patient ambulation as a key health metric alongside other vital metrics such as heart rate and respiration. To read a copy of the press release, please click here.

  • What Can Nurses do to Prevent Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression?

    Published in ADVANCE for Nurses, Michael Wong, JD, founder and executive director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety spoke with Carla Jungquist, PhD, ANP-BC, of the University of Buffalo School of Nursing, about how post-operative patients are assessed by their nurses.

Patient Stories

Clinical Tools

  • 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