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

  • 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

  • New Report on Preventing Respiratory Compromise in Vulnerable Patients

    The Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI) has recently published a new report titled “Respiratory Compromise as a New Paradigm for the Care of Vulnerable Hospitalized Patients”. PPAHS is a member of RCI, along with other health organizations such as the Society of Hospital Medicine, American Association for Respiratory Care, and CHEST/American College of Chest Physicians.
  • Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (April 22, 2017)

    This week in #patientsafety, PPAHS offered a response to a question about whether a patient is right to be worried about receiving opioids after surgery. From around the web, a study in JAMA Surgery on when long-term opioid use starts, a doctor offers advice on how to have difficult conversations about opioids, and a look … Read More
  • Opioid Safety After Surgery

    “I’m going to have surgery soon and I have been told I will be given an opioid medication to control the pain after the operation. But I see stories of people getting hooked on opioids all over the news, and I’m scared to take them. Am I right to be worried?” Paul Taylor, patient navigation … Read More
  • Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (April 15, 2017)

    Great news–our video last week was watched over 25,000 times! Let’s keep working to transform that awareness into progress for patient safety. This week in #patientsafety, PPAHS Founder and Executive Director Michael Wong, JD, penned an article for Healthcare Business Today on what makes “good” hospital leadership. From around the web, a study looks at … Read More

In the News

  • Nine Minutes to Improving Opioid Safety

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety released a YouTube video which discusses in nine minutes how to improve opioid safety. The video features highlights from over 10 hours of in-depth interviews released by PPAHS in 2016; altogether, the podcast series has generated over 130,000 cumulative views on YouTube. To read a copy of the press release, please click here.

  • Blood Clot Awareness Month

    In honor of Blood Clot Awareness Month, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety re-released resources for clinicians, patients, and their loved ones to bring attention to blood clot safety. To read the press release, please click here.

  • 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.

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