Patient Safety

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Tools Presented At ASHRM Conference

At a recent meeting of the New Jersey chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), health experts presented on how to prevent readmissions for pressure ulcers.

Pressure ulcers are a common hospital-acquired condition with far-reaching implications for patient safety.  It is estimated that 2.5 million patients are affected by pressure ulcers annually in the U.S.; about 60,000 patients will die nationwide directly from pressure ulcers.  The condition is extremely painful, costly (up to $11 billion each year in the U.S. alone), and largely preventable. Read More

Must Reads

Top 10 Patient Safety Must Reads – August 2016

We’re saying goodbye to August with a roundup of PPAHS’ most popular posts and tweets of articles we’ve read.

Top Posts

This month’s published content is highlighted by its insightful guest and collaboration posts. For any who have read our content and want to contribute their opinions on matters of patient safety, reach out to us in the comments, on Twitter, or our Contact Page. Read More

Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Respiratory Compromise

What do Joan Rivers and Katherine O’Donnell Have in Common?

Joan Rivers and Katherine O’Donnell underwent medical procedures. They and their loved ones expected these procedures to be routine – and, yet, they tragically died during their medical procedures prompting their families to commence lawsuits.

As reported by CNN, Joan Rivers died during throat surgery: Read More

Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

We can help prevent deaths from medical error

By Lenore Alexander (Executive Director, LeahsLegacy)

For many years I have understood that to travel by plane, you should not have to get a pilot’s license.

I still think that is true, and that’s because the airline industry, along with the government, has addressed the job of fixing what was wrong and making air travel both safe and accountable.

In the past, I used that analogy to explain why I didn’t think you should need a medical background to be a safe patient. Time, knowledge and reality have changed my opinion.

To read her opinion, please click here.

Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

What Puts More Than Half a Million Lives at Risk Each Year and Costs the US Healthcare System $7.8 Billion Annually?

Join the newest Physician-Patient Alliance Initiative to Reduce the Risk of Respiratory Compromise and Save Lives. By simply signifying your support for reducing the risk of Respiratory Compromise and for saving the lives of patients, you can help ensure changes are made. Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Must Reads

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Aug 29, 2014)

With two articles driving most of the discussion social media this week—a Forbes article on alarm fatigue and an announcement of FDA approval for a new treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)—we wanted to highlight a few articles readers might not have seen yet.

Have a good long weekend! Read More