Must Reads

3 Patient Safety Ideas to Implement Articles PPAHS have been reading the week of July 2, 2018

Articles the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) have been reading the week of July 2, 2018 ask us to consider 3 patient safety ideas to implement.

#1 Patient Safety to Implement – Remember that Some Patients Need Opioids

In the nation’s battle to curtail the use of opioids, there are patients who need them.

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Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Recommendations for Procedural Sedation Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Announces Intention to Develop Position Statement

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced its intention to develop a position statement on recommendations for procedural sedation.

Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, PPAHS) explained that such a position statement on recommendations for procedural sedation would encapsulate guidelines and recommendations from leading medical organizations in Canada and the United States:

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Must Reads, Patient Safety

8 Ways to Improve Patient Safety and Health Outcomes Articles PPAHS have been reading the week of April 23, 2018

Articles we have been reading this past week of April 23, 2018 discuss eight ways to improve patient safety and health outcomes.

#1 Way to Improve Patient Safety and Health Outcomes- Use Opioid-Sparing Strategies and More Precise Monitoring

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Patient Safety

You’re Invited to the IHI/NPSF Patient Safety Congress Patient Safety Congress Theme "Free from Harm"

The IHI/NPSF Patient Safety Congress, taking place from May 23-25, 2018, in Boston, MA, brings together people who are passionate about ensuring safe care equitably for all across the globe. This annual meeting is the must-attend event for committed health care professionals who continue to shape smarter, safer care for patients wherever it’s provided – from the hospitalized to outpatient settings to the home.

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Must Reads, Patient Safety

8 Ways We Need to Reconsider How We Think About Patient Safety Articles PPAHS have been reading the week of April 16, 2018

Articles we have been reading this past week of April 16, 2018 ask us to reconsider how we think about patient safety.

#1 – COPD prevalence is nearly double in rural areas compared to metropolitan areas

The risk of COPD is nearly double in rural areas compared to that in urban areas, according to CDC’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report.

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Patient Safety

Marilyn Neder Flack Appointed to PPAHS’s Board of Advisors

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is very pleased to announce that Marilyn Neder Flack, who was the Senior Vice President, Patient Safety Initiatives at the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and Executive Director at the AAMI Foundation, has been appointed to PPAHS’s board of advisors.

During her tenure at AAMI, Ms. Flack’s spearheaded key patient safety initiatives, including clinical alarm management, continuous electronic monitoring of patients on opioids, home healthcare technology, safe infusion therapy safety, and the safe use of complex health technology.

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Patient Safety

Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety to Host Guide to Patient Monitoring, Improved Patient Safety and Outcomes Guide to facilitate implementation and adoption of more patient monitoring in healthcare facilities

Guide to Patient Monitoring, Improved Patient Safety and Outcomes

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced that it intends to host a Guide to Patient Monitoring, Improved Patient Safety and Outcomes.

PPAHS has developed a standard set of questions and provided these questions to all manufacturers of patient monitoring equipment of which PPAHS is aware. The Guide will contain answers by the medical affairs department of manufacturers of patient monitoring devices.

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Capnography Monitoring During Conscious Sedation: Essential for Maintaining "Eyes and Ears" on Patients

The Physician-Physician Alliance for Health Safety has released a clinical education podcast on capnography monitoring during conscious sedation with Barbara McArthur, RN, BScN, CPN(C). Ms. McArthur is an advanced practice nurse at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Capnography Monitoring: An Early Indicator of Patient Deterioration

After reviewing the current literature, Sunnybrook decided that monitoring with capnography resulted in safer patient care. Capnography monitoring provides an early indicator of patient deterioration, which can be crucial in averting adverse events and patient deaths. Capnography monitoring, says Ms. McArthur, is monitoring in “real time. With pulse oximetry, there is a delay, which could be up to a minute in healthy patients. So, that’s a significant sort of time that is delayed that reaction could happen.” 

 

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Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Patient Stories

Are Patients Receiving Opioids Safer Today Than 6 Years Ago?

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