Alarm Fatigue

Health Experts Discuss 4 Keys to Reducing Alarm Fatigue

Training, education and individualization are some of the keys to better alarm management discussed by leading health experts during a recent webinar. The March 4, 2014 webinar was hosted Premier Safety Institute as part of their Advisor Live series.

Discussing the importance of training in reducing alarm fatigue, Joan Speigel, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said:

With end tidal CO2, of course, the training is the most important thing, is what to ignore and what not to ignore. Certainly it requires a lot of training. I don’t know how much I take it for granted that I understand the device very well—in capnography, that is. For the untrained person, what is going to trigger an alarm is very different than for myself.

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Opioid Safety Experts Say Continuous Monitoring of Post-Surgical Patients Receiving Opioids Should Be Universal Standard

Continuous electronic monitoring of patients receiving opioids to manage their pain after surgery should be a universal standard of care, leading opioid safety experts said during a recent webinar.

The March 4, 2014 webinar was hosted Premier Safety Institute as part of their Advisor Live series. Read More

Respiratory Compromise

Health Experts Say Continuous Monitoring of Post-Surgical Patients Receiving Opioids Should Be Standard

Continuous electronic monitoring of patients receiving opioids to manage their pain after surgery should be a standard of care, leading health experts said during a recent webinar. The March 4, 2014 webinar was hosted Premier Safety Institute as part of their Advisor Live series.

“There is no doubt that patients who have either sedation or postoperative pain management do require some sort of monitoring,” said Bhavani S. Kodali, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Respiratory Compromise

Harold Oglesby, Noted Opioid Safety Expert and Patient Safety Advocate, Joins Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Advisory Board

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced today that Harold Oglesby, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Manager, The Center for Pulmonary Health, Candler Hospital, and St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System (SJ/C), has joined the PPAHS Board of Advisors.

“On behalf of PPAHS, I am thrilled to offer the warmest of welcomes to Harold Oglesby as he joins our Board of Advisors,” said PPAHS Executive Director Michael Wong, JD. “As a well-respected authority on respiratory therapy and opioid safety, as well as a life-long advocate for patient safety, Mr. Oglesby embodies everything about our mission and shares our passionate commitment to improve patient health and safety.” Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Perspectives on Opioid Safety and Continuous Electronic Monitoring

by Sean Power

In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week last week, the Premier Safety Institute gathered experts on opioid safety to participate in a webinar discussion. The panel, moderated by Gina Pugliese, RN, MS, vice president, Premier Safety Institute, Premier Inc., featured several authorities on opioid safety, including: Read More

Respiratory Compromise

Survey, Experience Confirms Continuous Electronic Monitoring With Capnography Boosts Patient Safety and Lowers Healthcare Costs

By Harold Oglesby, RRT, Manager, Pulmonary Medicine, St. Joseph’s Hospital/Candler Health System, and Michael Wong, JD, Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety

(This article first appeared in Becker’s Clinical Quality & Infection Control.)

Though continuous electronic monitoring of all patients receiving patient-controlled analgesia is not a universal practice among the nation’s hospitals today, a new survey indicates it may become one soon. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospitals Nominated for Best of Respiratory Care: 8 Years of Event-Free Patient-Controlled Analgesia Monitoring, Improved Patient Safety, and Reduced Healthcare Costs

Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety nominates the respiratory care department of St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospitals in Savannah, Georgia for RT Magazine’s “Best of Care” award. Read More