Must Reads

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (May 27, 2017)

This week in #patientsafety, PPAHS archived select articles that we were able to get featured on Advance for Nurses. From around the web, Italy’s lawmakers recognized patient safety as a fundamental right, Health Quality Ontario released a report on opioids in the Canadian province, and research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine shows earlier is better when it comes to sepsis treatment. Read More

Must Reads

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (January 28, 2017)

This week in #patientsafety, we announced a partnership with SONORIA to improve patient safety outside the operating room. From around the web, a couple of first-hand accounts from patients who use opioids to manage their chronic pain, plus a discussion on what nurses can do to prevent opioid-induced respiratory depression.

From PPAHS:

SONORIA and PPAHS Announce Alliance to Improve Clinical Collaboration. The new alliance will focus on promoting safety and optimize outcomes for patients undergoing procedures outside of the Operating Room.

From Around the Web:

I’m dependent on narcotics; that doesn’t mean I’m an addict. A first-hand account of somebody managing their chronic pain with opioids.

Doctors prescribed me pain meds but couldn’t help me get off them. What used to be an opioid-naive patient describes his experience with being prescribed opioids after a collision.

What Can Nurses do to Prevent Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression? We spoke with Carla Jungquist, PhD, ANP-BC, of the University of Buffalo School of Nursing on how post-operative patients are assessed by nurses.

Patient Safety

ADVANCE for Nurses Editor, Pamela Tarapchak, Joins Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Advisory Board

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced today that Pamela Tarapchak has joined the Physician-Patient Alliance Board of Advisors.

Ms. Tarapchak, has been with ADVANCE since 1998. Currently, she serves as editor of ADVANCE for Nurses, which provides concise, practical information on clinical, management, professional and career development issues for nurses practicing in all areas of the profession.

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Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Nursing Spot Checks for Patient Safety: A Nurse’s Perspective

(This article first published in Advance for Nurses, which covers the issues that matter most to nurses practicing in all areas of the profession. As that publication winds down, we have archived some articles here.)

By Malinda Loflin, RN, BSN. Malinda is a certified case manager at a hospital in Oklahoma City. During her 22 years as a registered nurse, her clinical experience has been in many specialty areas including the operating room, post-anesthesia care unit, and the emergency department. In 2006, her father tragically died of opioid-induced respiratory depression after a routine surgery. She shared her experience and the impact that it has had on her and her family at the 2011 Anesthesia Patient Safety Conference.

Nursing spot checks on postoperative patients receiving opioids are not enough to ensure the safety of patients. I say this as both a registered nurse who works at a large medical center and as a daughter who has had the misfortune of seeing her own father die between nurses’ spot checks. Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Respiratory Compromise

3 Ways Technology Can Help Nurses Spend More Time at Patients’ Bedside

(This article first published on Advance for Nurses, where “millions of nursing, rehab and allied health professionals” turn to for “a trustworthy source of industry news and information”. That publication has been discontinued. We have replaced an excerpt with the full article below.)

The current hospital-patient care environment does not allow nurses to spend their time where they are needed most, at the patients’ bedside. A time and motion study of 767 medical-surgical nurses in 36 hospitals found that only 7.2% of their time (31 minutes during a typical 10 hour shift) is spent with the patient performing tasks, such as assessing the patient and reading vital signs. During a 10 hour shift, the study found that nurses’ time was spent in numerous activities, as shown in the chart below: Read More