Six years ago on July 27, 2011, I posted the first article on a free WordPress blog for the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety. It was titled “Is it possible to survive 96-minutes without a heart beat?”. Howard Snitzer, a man who suffered a heart attack survived after two volunteer paramedics responded and began a 96-minute CPR marathon. The ordeal involved 20 others, who took turns pumping his chest. This life-saving feat was only possible with the use of capnography readings, which told the volunteer paramedics that Howard was still alive and that they needed to continue their efforts.
Little would I know that that article would lead to an invitation by the University of Notre Dame and the beginnings of a 6-year friendship with the parents of Amanda Abbiehl. Amanda was admitted to hospital for “severe strep throat.” Read More
At the recent conference “Medical Malpractice Catastrophic Injury,” medical and legal experts discussed “The Distinct Dangers of Anesthesia: How To Avoid The Possibility of Catastrophic Injury, Notable Cases and Decisions, and Looking Towards the Future with Non-Human Administration.”
Speaking on the dangers of anesthesia were:
- Victoria L. Vance (Partner, Chair, Health Care Practice, Tucker Ellis LLP)
- Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD (System Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Saint Vincent’s Healthcare, Ascension Health)
- Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
Three technologies nurses want were discussed at the recent ACI Medical Liability conference.
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) conducted a survey among 73 nurses who are members of the American Hospital Association (AHA). The AHA leads, represents and serves hospitals, health systems and other related organizations that are accountable to the community and committed to health improvement.
Michael Wong, JD, Founder and Executive Director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), was nominated for SafeCare Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2015. Read More
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today celebrates its fourth anniversary.
PPAHS posted its first blog on July 27, 2011, “Is it possible to survive 96-minutes without a heart beat?”.
This post featured what happened to Howard Snitzer, who suffered a heart attack outside of a grocery store in Goodhue, Minnesota. Two volunteer paramedics responded and began a 96-minute CPR marathon involving 20 others, who took turns pumping his chest. Read More
The Midwest Stroke Action Alliance recently hosted a panel of health experts on the risks of venous thromboembolism (VTE which is commonly referred to as blood clots).
The health experts on the panel were:
- Mark J. Alberts, MD (Clinical Vice-Chair for Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, UT Southwestern Medical Center)
- Laurie Paletz, BSN, PHN, RN-BC (Stroke Program Coordinator, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)
- Michael W. Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
In honor of July 17, the day that 18-year old Amanda Abbiehl died five years ago after being connected to a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA), the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) has released the podcast, “Opioid-Induced Respiratory Compromise Can Be Prevented”.
The podcast is now available on: Read More
By Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety)
[Editor’s note: We need a safer, more accurate, readily available diagnostic test for pulmonary embolism. Anna Hemnes, MD of Vanderbilt provides evidence that capnography may be such a test.] Read More
In recent editorial for Vascular Disease Management, health advocates write about the new Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations, which they say will provide four key steps to better health outcomes. Read More