Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Only Continuous Electronic Monitoring Can Ensure Patients Receiving Opioids Are Safe AAMI Video to Keep Patients and Their Families Safe

With the permission of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to release the AAMI video on how to keep patients and their families safe, “Only Continuous Electronic Monitoring Can Ensure Patients Receiving Opioids Are Safe.”

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Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Respiratory Compromise

National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety and National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids Recognized for Contribution to Patient Safety

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to announce that the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has bestowed a prestigious national gold award on the AAMI Foundation for its patient safety initiatives, specifically the contributions of its National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety and National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids.

PPAHS is a proud member of the National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety and the National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids. Read More

Alarm Fatigue

Is Your Hospital Compliant with Joint Commission Requirements?

Will your hospital be compliant with The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal? In issuing this Goal, The Joint Commission stated:

In Phase II (beginning January 2016), hospitals will be expected to develop and implement specific components of policies and procedures. Education of those in the organization about alarm system management will also be required in January 2016.

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Podcast on Continuous Electronic Monitoring

In this podcast AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute, Frank Overdyk, MD, professor of anesthesiology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and executive director for research at North American Partners in Anesthesia, and Tim Vanderveen, vice president of CareFusion’s Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence, make the case for continuous electronic monitoring and address the challenges stakeholders face in trying to bring about this change. Read More

Alarm Fatigue

Three Lessons Learned to Reduce Alarm Fatigue and Improve Alarm Management in Hospitals

Three lessons learned about alarm fatigue and better alarm management – (1) to reduce alarms turn to John Hopkins research, (2) patient surveillance monitoring improves patient safety, (3) reducing leads can reduce alarms by 22%.

According to The Joint Commission, alarm fatigue occurs when clinicians become desensitized or immune to the sound of an alarm. Fatigued clinicians may:

  • Turn down alarm volume
  • Turn off alarm
  • Adjust alarm settings.

Any of these actions may jeopardize patient safety. Read More