Blood Clots, Patient Safety

National Patient Safety Goal to Reduce the Patient Harm from Anticoagulants OB VTE and Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations now World Thrombosis Day Resources

Anticoagulants (more commonly referred to as blood thinners) are routinely used to treat, prevent and reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), which consists of prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

According to World Thrombosis Day, 1 in 4 people worldwide are dying from conditions caused by thrombosis:

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Blood Clots, Practices & Tips

How to Prevent Deadly Blood Clots: Three Free Resources from the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety World Thromobosis Day asks us to be aware of tips to prevent deadly blood clots

How to Prevent Deadly Blood Clots: Three Free Resources from the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety

World Thrombosis Day asks us to be aware of tips to prevent deadly blood clots:

When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die from conditions caused by thrombosis, making it a leading cause of global death and disability.

In honor of WTD 2017, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety believes that blood clots safety consists of four steps: Read More

Blood Clots

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 VTE Safety Recommendations, which were released by PPAHS, in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Perinatal Association. The recommendations, compiled by a panel of health experts, give clinicians a step-by-step checklist to help assess all OB patients’ risks for VTE and identify the appropriate prophylaxis regimen to improve health outcomes for maternal patients. Read More

Blood Clots

March is Blood Clot Awareness Month

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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 senior citizens, from professional athletes to mothers, women and men – no one is immune. Tragically, roughly 274 lives are lost each day in the U.S. simply because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low.”

Blood Clot Awareness Month is a time for us to highlight stories and resources that you can share with colleagues, patients, and loved ones to bring attention to blood clots. Read More

Must Reads

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (February 18, 2017)

This week in #patientsafety, we highlight an article by the author of the RADEO Guide. From around the web, a daughter nearly died of sepsis and a mother died from blood clots after giving birth; plus, a JAMA study on whether financial penalties work to reduce hospital readmission rates.

From PPAHS:

Preventing Opioid-Induced Respiratory Distress In An Outpatient Setting. The author of the Reducing Adverse Drug Events related to Opioids (RADEO) Implementation Guide shared precautions to take during procedures in the outpatient setting, as well as upon patient discharge.

From Around the Web:

My Daughter Nearly Died of Sepsis. Here’s How You Can Stay Safe. A mother tells the story of her daughter’s near-miss after going into septic shock.

Husband wins seven year medical negligence fight after death of wife, 29. In the UK, the husband of a woman who died from a blood clot 16 days after the birth of her daughter has won a medical negligence claim.

Association Between Hospital Penalty Status Under the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and Readmission Rates for Target and Nontarget Conditions. The prospect of financial penalty appears to reduce hospital readmission rates, according to this JAMA study.

Blood Clots, Hospital Acquired Conditions

Why Bundled Payments for Joint Replacement May Be Risky for Patients

The following is an excerpt of an article on bundled payments for joint replacement written by Michael Wong, JD, Executive Director of PPAHS and Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC, Clinical Nurse Consultant at PPAHS.  It was first appeared on The Doctor Weighs In on November 18, 2016.  To read the full article, please click here.

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Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (October 28, 2016)

This week at PPAHS, we continue a new campaign targeting orthopedic VTE with a survey; help us by completing it and sending to relevant colleagues.  The latest #patientsafety news involves a new study on OSA, research into possible drivers of the opioid epidemic, and innovations in hospital design.

From PPAHS:

Announcing Survey on Patient Safety in Orthopedics.  As part of our latest campaign focusing on orthopedic VTE, we’ve designed a survey to understand current physician practices.  Help us by taking the survey and sharing with colleagues, and you’ll be entered into a draw for a $100 Amazon gift card. Read More

Blood Clots, Patient Safety

Announcing Survey on Patient Safety in Orthopedics Help better understand practical solutions to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement

To better understand and develop practical solutions to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement, PPAHS asks for you to complete this survey on patient safety in orthopedics.

This survey has been sent to orthopedic surgeons and clinicians across the US. Read More

Must Reads, Patient Safety

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (October 21, 2016)

This week in patient safety news, we featured a guest post article on pre-op screening and assessment for OSA.  We also found some great articles addressing the ICU, the opioid crisis, and the latest in wearable monitor studies. Read More

Blood Clots

New PPAHS Campaign Targeting Orthopedic Venous Thromboembolism

PPAHS will be beginning a new #patientsafety campaign to develop practical solutions to help assess and prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing orthopedic procedures, particularly total knee and hip replacement.  More commonly known as blood clots, VTE consists of both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolisms (PE) . Read More