Patient Safety

Patient Safety Advocate, Debbie Fox, Passes Away at 61

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is saddened to hear of the passing of Debbie Fox MBA, RRT-NPS (formerly Director, Respiratory Therapy, Wesley Medical Center).

Ms. Fox served on PPAHS’s board of advisors. She had retired from Wesley Medical Center and from the PPAHS board to take care of personal affairs. Read More

Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) Needs Your Help: How Effective is Capnography Monitoring?

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) has called for feedback on its report, “Capnography for Monitoring End-Tidal CO2 in Hospital and Pre-hospital Settings: A Health Technology Assessment”.

CADTH was created in 1989 by “Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments, CADTH was born from the idea that Canada needs a coordinated approach to assessing health technologies.” As the tagline on CADTH’s website proclaims – “When Canada’s health care decision-makers need to know, they ask CADTH. We’re a trusted source for evidence on drugs and medical devices.” Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Addressing The Joint Commission Opioid Warnings: A Case Study from Wesley Medical Center on Reducing Respiratory Depression and Improving Patient Safety

By Sean Power and Michael Wong

(This article first appeared in Becker’s Clinical Quality & Infection Control.)

Respiratory depression has been associated with the use of opioid analgesics. However, a recent study by researchers at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan., suggests exhaled CO2 monitoring of patients using patient-controlled analgesia pumps could help reduce the occurrence of this adverse event. Specifically, Debra Fox, MBA, RRT-NPS, and Mark Wencel, MD, examined respiratory depression rates with the use of PCA pumps and intermittent IV opioids for pain management. Read More