Opioid Safety

How Nurses Can Fight The Opioid Epidemic

In this article published in the February 2018 issue of Hospital News, Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) discusses how nurses can fight the opioid epidemic. Mr. Wong cites resources, such as the PCA Safety Checklist, and harm reduction principles set forth in the Canadian Nurses Association paper, “Harm Reduction & Illicit Substance Use: Implications for Nursing.”

The US and Canada are both battling the opioid epidemic. As Michael Wong, JD (Founder & Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) writes in the article, “How Nurses Can Fight The Opioid Epidemic”:

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Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Practices & Tips, Respiratory Compromise

The Vital Role Nurses Play in Patient Care

Written by Michael Wong, JD, Founder & Executive Director of PPAHS

As founder and executive director PPAHS, when I speak at conferences about the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety support for continuous electronic monitoring of patients receiving opioids, I am often asked two questions:

  • Is PPAHS suggesting or recommending that technology replace nurses?
  • Why has continuous monitoring been so slow to be adopted by hospitals?

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

PPAHS Presents at International Conference on Opioids

At the International Conference on Opioids (ICOO), which took place in Boston June 5-7, 2016, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) presented a poster on the survey of nurses it conducted. The survey’s objective was to identify:

  • Practices and technologies that nurses believe are needed to reduce the occurrence of respiratory compromise and
  • Those areas of medical practice that would benefit most from improved intervention.

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Three Technologies Nurses Want: Preliminary Survey Results Presented at ACI Medical Liability Conference

Three technologies that nurses want will be presented at the ACI Medical Liability conference (October 26-27, 2015).

Preliminary survey results will be presented at the conference. These results are findings of a survey recently conducted by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS). Survey respondents consisted of 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.

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Patient Safety

Patient Safety Implications of the 12-Hour Nursing Shift

by Bradley T. Truax, MD

Not only is there limited data on the impact of 12-hour shifts on patient outcomes, there is also limited data on their association with nurses’ physical and mental well-being.

Now a new study, using data from 12 European countries from the large RN4CAST study, provides insight into the impact of 12-hour shifts on nurse well-being (Dall’Ora 2015). Read More