Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Identifying Risk of Respiratory Compromise for Patients Using Patient-Controlled Analgesia: Lessons Learned from a National Hospital Survey

In an article recently published in the Society of Anesthesia & Sleep Medicine newsletter (page 4), Michael Wong, JD and Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC discuss identifying risk of respiratory compromise for patients receiving patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

The Intertwined Stories of Amanda Abbiehl and Continuous Electronic Monitoring

In the recent article, “Silent Danger: PCA Pumps and the Case for Continuous Monitoring” published by Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation in Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology, the story of 18-year old Amanda Abbiehl is told as a powerful reminder of the need for continuous electronic monitoring. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Continuous Electronic Monitoring Reduces Adverse Events and Hospital Expenditures: Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Awarded Permanente Journal Service Quality Award

The Physician-Patient for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to announce that its presentation on the national survey of hospitals on patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) hospital practices was awarded the Permanente Journal Service Quality Award. The award was presented December 10, 2013 at The 25th Annual IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

INFOGRAPHIC: First National Survey of Patient-Controlled Analgesia Practices

INFOGRAPHIC: First National Survey of Patient-Controlled Analgesia Practices

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

New National Survey Finds Patient Safety at Risk Because of Lack of Consistency in Hospital Patient-Controlled Analgesia Practices

Inconsistency in safe practices most likely accounts for large proportion of adverse events and deaths associated with PCA use, says Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety.

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety today released the results from a national survey of United States hospitals on the administration of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

First National Survey of Patient-Controlled Analgesia Hospital Practices Reveals Patient Safety Concerns and Role of Continuous Electronic Monitoring

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today announced the release of major patient safety findings of the first national survey of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) practices presented at the recent Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM) 3rd Annual Conference held October 10-11, 2013. 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

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Announces Four Essentials for Safety for Patients Receiving Opioids

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), an advocacy group of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, healthcare organizations and patient safety advocacy groups, recently released four essentials for patient safety. Read More

Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Memorial Hospital Makes a Promise to Amanda to Continuously Electronically Monitor Opioid Patients with Capnography

NBC-affiliate WNDU recently reported that Memorial Hospital of South Bend in Indiana has fulfilled A Promise to Amanda.  Starting this month, every patient who receives opioids or sedation on every floor at Memorial Hospital will be continuously electronically monitored with capnography. Read More