Alarm Fatigue, Blood Clots, Respiratory Compromise

PPAHS: Patient Safety First, Second, and Third

24×7 Magazine recently spoke with Michael Wong, JD, executive director for the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety about patient safety and goals for PPAHS.

As 24×7 reports, although PPAHS is currently only focused on a few key patient safety issues, these issues account for a great number of adverse events.

Patient safety forms a sprawling landscape of far-reaching issues that touch on dozens of potential dangers leading to adverse events. The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) addresses just three of them: alarm fatigue, blood clots or venous thromboembolism (VTE), and patient monitoring, especially in cases of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA).

If that selection sounds narrow, it might not be as limited as you think: a 2013 study by the online resource Health Grades found that in 2013, blood clots and respiratory failure (along with accidental laceration) accounted for two-thirds of patient safety events over a 3-year period.

To read the article, please click here.

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