Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Respiratory Compromise

National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety and National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids Recognized for Contribution to Patient Safety

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to announce that the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has bestowed a prestigious national gold award on the AAMI Foundation for its patient safety initiatives, specifically the contributions of its National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety and National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids.

PPAHS is a proud member of the National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety and the National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids.

National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids

National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids

“This award recognizes the invaluable work that AAMI has done to bring key organizations and individuals together to promote improved patient safety related to medical device alarms and the need to monitor patients on opioids,” said Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, PPAHS). “It also acknowledges the tremendous effort and contribution of these organizations and individuals.”

As set forth on the PPAHS website (www.ppahs.org) –

  • “Alarm Safety is actively managing the number of alarms (by, for example, configuring default settings for the specific patient and regularly changing electrodes) and ensuring monitors sound at the appropriate volume and are not muted.”
  • “Opioid Safety, for patients receiving opioids in hospital and healthcare facilities, is the management and minimization of the risks of respiratory compromise, adverse events, and death through continuous respiratory monitoring with pulse oximetry for oxygenation and with capnography for adequacy of ventilation.”

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