Blood Clots

Preventing Blood Clots in Pregnancy: A Podcast with Maternal/Perinatal Patient Safety Expert Colleen Lee

“Preventing Blood Clots in Pregnancy” – a podcast on the heightened risk of blood clots in pregnant women, the use of simple devices like sequential compression devices to help prevent blood clots, and the role of the OB VTE Safety Recommendations – is now available at the Physician-Patient Alliance For Heath & Safety YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/1He3MLy

On iTunes, the podcast is available at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/physician-patient-alliance/id897887688?mt=2 Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Blood Clots, Must Reads, Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Sep 26, 2014)

According to the CDC, the maternal death rate in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1987. So, with that shocking statistic in mind, we felt that we had to point out articles dealing with pregnancy … and a reminder that alarm fatigue just doesn’t annoy nurses … and, lastly, one interesting video from Derriford Hospital in the UK that is improving health outcomes for its patients by doing the “wiggle”. Read More

Blood Clots

Why are doctors still prescribing bed rest in pregnancy?

By Kenny Lin, MD, MPH

Maternity care providers have traditionally prescribed “bed rest,” or activity restriction, for a host of pregnancy complications (including preterm contractions, short cervix, multiple gestation, and preeclampsia) despite evidence that it does not improve maternal or neonatal outcomes. On the other hand, prolonged activity restriction in pregnancy increases risk for muscle atrophy, bone loss, thromboembolic events, and gestational diabetes. Read More

Blood Clots, Must Reads

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Sep 12, 2014)

News about the death of comedian John Rivers has dominated much of the healthcare news coverage. As with any celebrity incident, like this one, where there are still many questions the answers to which are not known or have not yet been made public, there has been a lot of speculation and conjecture, which may make it difficult to separate the sensationalist articles from the truly useful ones. So we offer a couple of articles that not only may help to shed light on what happened, but also offer good medical discussion and insight. Read More