Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Top Five Patient Safety Interviews

In honor of the fifth anniversary of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), PPAHS today announced the top five patient safety interviews by PPAHS.

“To increase awareness and promote discussion about and practical solutions for patient safety issues, PPAHS interviews doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and patients’ families,” said Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, PPAHS).

By the number of views, the five most popular interviews on the PPAHS YouTube channel are:

#5 Patient Safety Interview – Opioid-Induced Respiratory Compromise Can Be Prevented

Click on the image for an interview with the parents of Amanda Abbiehl, "Opioid-Induced Respiratory Compromise Can Be Prevented"

Click on the image for an interview with the parents of Amanda Abbiehl, “Opioid-Induced Respiratory Compromise Can Be Prevented”

This interview features Cindy and Brian Abbiehl, whose 18-year old daughter, Amanda, died after receiving opioids to manage her pain – “As parents of a teenage daughter, our worst fears were that our daughter would become pregnant, take drugs, or drink and drive. Never did we imagine that our daughter would go into a hospital with an infection, be hooked to a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump to manage her pain, and never come out alive; but this is exactly what happened.” (http://www.promisetoamanda.org/amandas-story/). To listen to this interview, please click here.

#4 Patient Safety Interview – Return on Investment of Continuous Electronic Monitoring: Interview with Eyal Zimlichman, MD

Rapid Response Systems: Why Aren’t We Getting the Results We Expect?

Rapid Response Systems: Why Aren’t We Getting the Results We Expect? Click on the image for an interview with Dr. Eyal Zimlichman

Eyal Zimlichman, M.D., MSc, who is Deputy Director General and Chief Quality Officer at Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital, discusses research showing the benefits of the return on investment of continuously electronically monitoring of patients receiving opioids. Dr. Zimlichman says, “maybe ten years from now, we’ll be seeing continuous monitoring on every bed in the hospital. It’s industry’s responsibility and ours as researchers to find the right technology for the right setting.” To listen to this interview with Dr. Zimlichman, please click here.

#3 Patient Safety Interview – Avoiding Respiratory Depression During Conscious Sedation: An Interview with Richard Kenney, RRT

Click on the image for An Interview with Richard Kenney, RRT, "Avoiding Respiratory Depression During Conscious Sedation"

Click on the image for An Interview with Richard Kenney, RRT, “Avoiding Respiratory Depression During Conscious Sedation”

According to Richard Kenney, MSM, RRT, NPS, ACCS, RCP (Director, Respiratory Care Services, White Memorial Medical Center), White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles has experienced a “better than fifty percent reduction in calls of rapid responses.” To listen to this interview with Mr. Kenney, please click here.

#2 Patient Safety Interview – 6 Nursing Lessons to Avoid Respiratory Compromise: Interview with Pamela Parker, BSN, RN, CAPA

Click on the image to listen to an interview with his mother, Pamela Parker

Click on the image to listen to an interview with his mother, Pamela Parker

In this interview with Pamela Parker, BSN, RN, CAPA discusses the death of her 17-year old son, Logan. Logan had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with elements of central sleep apnea. He underwent surgery to open his airway. He tragically died of opioid-induced respiratory depression. Ms. Parker discusses Logan’s death and lessons she has learned from it. To listen to this interview with Ms. Parker, please click here.

#1 Patient Safety Interview – 5 Keys to Reducing Harms from Opioids: ECRI’s 2016 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

ECRI's Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns: An Interview with ECRI Institute’s Patient Safety Analyst, Stephanie Uses, PharmD, MJ, JD

ECRI’s Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns: An Interview with ECRI Institute’s Patient Safety Analyst, Stephanie Uses, PharmD, MJ, JD

This interview features a discussion with ECRI Institute’s Patient Safety Analyst, Stephanie Uses, PharmD, MJ, JD. ECRI recently released the 2016 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations. Of ECRI’s top 10 patient safety concerns, inadequate monitoring for respiratory depression has the greatest likelihood of preventable harm. This occurs when the patient receives opioids and is not monitored effectively and sufficiently. ECRI says that inadequate monitoring for respiratory depression in patients receiving opioids poses the greatest risk to patients and assigned it a risk map of 80. To listen to this interview with Ms. Uses, please click here.

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