Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Preventing Opioid Overdoses and Death: Let’s Start in the Hospitals

Editor’s Note: In this article, Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) with Arielle Bernstein Pinsof, MPP, Finn Partners and Gil Bashe, Managing Partner, Finn Partners Health Practice take the position that decreasing the opioid epidemic begins in the doctor’s office and healthcare facilities.

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) with Arielle Bernstein Pinsof, MPP, Finn Partners and Gil Bashe, Managing Partner, Finn Partners Health Practice

The tragedy of our national opioid epidemic has gripped hearts and headlines for months now with heartbreaking personal stories, images and statistics. But the truth is, not all overdose deaths are taking place on the streets — so while physicians and lawmakers race to find interventions that work on the front lines in our communities, shouldn’t we also take concrete steps to reduce opioid overdoses in the clinical setting — where they are highly preventable — where the full range of interventions are at hand?

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Must Reads

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (January 7, 2017)

Happy New Year!

With the holidays winding down, it has been a quieter week in #patientsafety. Nothing from PPAHS this week as we get back into the swing of things. From around the web, we’ve got two articles about patient safety in Canada, plus a look at opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department visits by state.

From PPAHS:

Nothing this week!

From Around the Web:

1 in 18 patients experiences harm in Canadian hospitals. Good for benchmarking the USA against comparators.

How a little-known patent sparked Canada’s opioid crisis. An investigative piece about the opioid crisis in Canada.

Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits by State, 2009-2014. This HCUP Statistical Brief presents data from HCUP Fast Stats on the national rate of opioid-related hospital inpatient stays and emergency department (ED) visits from 2005 to 2014.