Patient Safety, Position Statement, Practices & Tips

Patient Ambulation a Key Metric to Improved Health

The following is a first in a series of position statements. If you would prefer to view our position on patient ambulation as a PDF, please click here.

Movement is a critical factor to improving patient health. Patient ambulation, the ability to walk from place to place independently with or without an assistive device, is necessary to improve joint and muscle strength, as well as prevent pressure ulcers during extended bed rest. It is a critical factor in improving patient well-being while in hospital, as well as reducing total length of stay (LOS). Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Blood Clots, Hospital Acquired Conditions, Must Reads, Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Patient Stories, Practices & Tips, Respiratory Compromise

Weekly Must-Reads in Patient Safety and Health Care (November 6, 2015) – When False Alarms Pollute Intensive Care

We have plenty of patient safety articles to share with you this week. From advice for nurses on how to educate patients about opioid diversion to tips for preventing medical errors in long-term care, audiences across the health care spectrum will benefit from some weekend reading.
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Must Reads

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (May 29, 2015)

This week’s must reads demonstrate that improving patient safety and health outcomes can be accomplished.

As a recent article by Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), “Patient Harm: Attaining & Sustaining Dramatic Improvements”, says, “prevention-oriented leaders are scrapping outdated ideas and finding new approaches and technologies that are making a big difference.” Read More

Hospital Acquired Conditions

Three Steps to Limiting Liability to Facility-Acquired Pressure Ulcers

The Risk Management Quarterly, the peer-reviewed journal for The Association for Healthcare Risk Management recently published in its Risk Management Quarterly Journal-Volume I 2015 Edition the article by Scott Buchholz, Esq. (Dummit, Buchholz & Trapp) and Michael Wong, JD, (executive director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) three practical tips for healthcare facilities to improve patient safety (i.e. follow protocols) and increase patient satisfaction (i.e. communicate effectively with patients).

To read the article in its entirety, please RMQ Article-Buchholz & Wong.

Blood Clots, Hospital Acquired Conditions, Respiratory Compromise

Minimizing Exposure to Medical Malpractice Litigation

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety presented at the American Conference Institute’s Medical Professional Liability conference on October 31, 2014 on steps hospitals can take to implement preventative measures to minimize their exposure to medical malpractice litigation.

According to a study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), after heart disease and cancer, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. 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