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

Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Campaign to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients Receiving Opioids

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety enthusiastically applauds the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation’s newly launched campaign to promote continuous monitoring of all patients receiving opioid analgesics to manage their pain. Read More

Respiratory Compromise

Respiratory Therapy Magazine Highlights Flawed Monitoring Practices, Features PPAHS Article on Opioid Safety

by Sean Power

Volume 8 Number 1 February-March 2013 of Respiratory Therapy Magazine features an article by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety that summarizes the points of view of four experts. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Patient Safety Checklist Helps Address Opioid Warnings from TJC: Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety checklist supports Sentinel Event Alert on opioid hazards

By Sean Power and Michael Wong

This article is reprinted with the permission of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (PSQH).  Improving patient safety is one of the most urgent issues facing healthcare today. PSQH is written for and by people who are involved directly in improving patient safety and the quality of care. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Errors with patient-controlled analgesia (PCA): just the tip of the iceberg

Reported errors with patient-controlled analgesia – estimated at between 600,000 to 2 million PCA errors each year – are just the tip of the iceberg.

by Michael Wong

Many readers emailed studies, suggestions, and comments regarding the estimate of 600,000 to 2 million PCA errors each year. These readers not only indicated the magnitude of the problem, but also a way to detect respiratory depression. Here are these further studies and thoughts. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

How often do errors with patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) occur?

by Michael Wong

Many readers of this website have asked, how often do errors with patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) occur?

In a retrospective analysis lead by Rodney Hicks (who at the time of the study was Manager, Patient Safety Research and Practice, United States Pharmacopeia), the magnitude, frequency, and nature of non-harmful and harmful medication errors associated with PCA were studied. (Professor Hicks is now Professor, Western University College of Graduate Nursing, Pomona, California). Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Post-Surgical Patients Require Better Monitoring Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation recommendations improve safety of post-surgical patients

by Michael Wong

PPAHS encourages the adoption of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) recently released recommendations to improve the safety of patients by continuously monitoring patients following surgery. Read More