PPAHS’s educational initiatives target issues that are central to improving patient safety and the continuum of care.

These educational initiatives include Patient Safety Podcasts & Videos, which explore safety issues and ways to improve health outcomes. Focusing on opioid safety (pain management), venous thromboembolism (blood clots), and alarm management (noise fatigue), the PPAHS Patient Safety Podcasts and Videos offer in-depth interviews with thought leaders, researchers, patients, and health care professionals from the field to bring a diverse set of perspectives on patient safety issues.

These educational initiatives also include advocating for patient safety at conferences, through traditional and online media, and the development of innovative forms of education and patient assistance through virtual patient interaction and mobile applications to improve the education of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinicians.

In particular, PPAHS would like to thank the following supporters for their unrestricted grant support for our educational initiatives –

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  • 5 Keys to Reducing Sepsis

    In this video, Dr. Ken Rothfield, who is Chief Medical Officer at Medical City Dallas, which is operated by the Hospital Corporation of America, emphasizes the need for early detection and treatment of sepsis. This video also discusses technologies that may be helpful in detecting and treating for sepsis. To read a transcript of the … Read More
  • COPD’s Role in Respiratory Compromise: An Interview with SHM’s COPD Team

    This Clinical Education Podcast with the Society of Hospital Medicine COPD Team discusses key priorities for managing and treating COPD, including the proper use of inhalers, the role of antibiotics, COPD screening, and priorities for hospitals. Panelists – Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc, MHM (University of Massachusetts Medical School); Valerie G. Press, MD, MPH (University … Read More
  • Preventing Medication Errors

    According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year. In this clinical education podcast, Steven Meisel, PharmMD, who is a patient safety expert at the IHI Institute for Health Care Improvement and the Director of Medication Safety at Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, discusses … Read More
  • Using Capnography and Recognizing Respiratory Compromise Could Save Patient Lives

    Jenifer Lightdale, MPH, MD (Division Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Chief Quality Officer, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center) discusses her latest research showing that capnography monitoring reduces respiratory compromise during procedural sedation and why hospitals and clinicians should be open to using technology to avoid adverse events and patient deaths.
  • Selecting Patient Monitoring Systems: Wearable, Contact-Free, and Continuous Vital Sign

    We are often asked by our clinical followers what patient monitoring systems that we would recommend. To help with the decision making process, this clinical education podcast discusses some factors and studies that may help with that selection process. To help answer these questions and provide some guidance on selecting patient monitoring devices, this podcast … Read More
  • Preventing Avoidable Deaths: Monitor for Respiratory Compromise

    In this clinical education podcast, Frank Overdyk, MD, who is an anesthesiologist practicing in Charleston, SC, discusses the costs of monitoring patients receiving opioids and the costs of not being monitored. It is impossible to predict with 100% accuracy how a particular patient will react when administered an opioid. Continuous patient monitoring, which costs just … Read More
  • Columbia University Medical Center Webinar on Respiratory Compromise Prevention

    In this webinar, clinicians at Columbia University Medical Center offer their recommendations for safer patient care. This webinar highlights how respiratory compromise is a serious, potentially deadly patient safety issue that may be avoidable when proper prevention and identification strategies are used, and when healthcare providers are equipped with comprehensive patient monitoring technology.
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    Improving Patient Safety and Reducing Alarm Fatigue

    In this podcast on improving patient safety and reducing alarm fatigue, the panelists discuss the right and wrong way to use continuous surveillance monitoring. The panel of experts consists of Leah Baron, MD (Chief, Department of Anesthesiology, Virtua Memorial Hospital), Marc Schlessinger, RRT, MBA, FACHE (Senior Associate, ECRI Institute’s Applied Solutions Group), and Maria Cvach, … Read More
  • Capnography Monitoring During Conscious Sedation: A Must for Maintaining “Eyes and Ears” on Patients

    In this clinical education podcast, Barbara McArthur (Advanced Practice Nurse, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada) discusses why she chose capnography to monitor patients undergoing conscious sedation. Capnography monitoring should be used for patients receiving sedation whenever they “cannot be directly observed.” To listen to the podcast with Ms. McArthur, please click here.
  • Capnography Monitoring: Yesterday’s Luxury, Today’s Necessity During Conscious Sedation

    Matt Kurrek, MD, FRCPC (Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto) and Richard Merchant, MD, FRCPC (Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Anesthesia, Pharmacology & Therapeutics) coauthored an editorial, “Yesterday’s Luxury, Today’s Necessity,” after the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society [CSA] published its revised 2012 guidelines to the practice of anesthesia. The CSA guidelines emphasize … Read More
  • Why Clinicians Should Care About Respiratory Compromise: Respiratory Compromise is the New “Sepsis”

    Jeffrey S. Vender, MD (Clinical Professor, University Of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine) and Chairman of the clinical advisory committee to the Respiratory Compromise Institute (www.respiratorycompromise.org) points out that there are similarities between the campaign to raise awareness about respiratory compromise to early stages of the campaign to raise awareness about sepsis. The podcast discusses … Read More
  • Nine Minutes to Improving Opioid Safety

    “In just nine minutes, the video summarizes experiences of clinicians in improving opioid safety in their hospital or healthcare facility, and reminds us of the tragic consequences of adverse events and deaths that may ensue if are not proactive in promoting safety. We hope that the video will energize quality improvement and patient safety teams … Read More
  • Importance of Monitoring Patients Receiving Opioids

    This is the second part of the interview with Thomas W. Frederickson, MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA – lead author of the Society of Hospital Medicine RADEO guide (“Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids”).  The guide is a comprehensive clinician manual created with the aim to decrease opioid-related adverse events in an inpatient setting. To listen … Read More
  • Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids: An Interview with Dr Thomas Frederickson

    The Society of Hospital Medicine developed a guide for Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids (RADEO). To better understand the RADEO Guide, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety interviewed its lead author, Thomas W. Frederickson MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA. In this first part of a two-part interview, Dr. Frederickson uncovers some key takeaways from the … Read More
  • 5 Key Learnings to Create a Culture of Patient Safety with Capnography: An Interview With Peggy Lange, RT

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety recently interviewed Peggy Lange, RT (Director of the Respiratory Care Department, St. Cloud Hospital) about a project that examined acute response team (ART) calls regarding patients who had received procedural or conscious sedation 24 hours prior to the event. To listen to the interview with Ms. Lange on YouTube, … Read More
  • ECRI's Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

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

    ECRI Institute 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. This interview features ECRI’s Patient Safety Analyst, Stephanie Uses, PharmD, MJ, JD.
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    6 Nursing Lessons to Avoid Respiratory Compromise

    Pamela Parker, BSN, RN, CAPA talks about 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.
  • Reducing Rapid Response Calls by 50% and Avoiding Respiratory Depression During Conscious Sedation

    Richard Kenney, MSM, RRT, NPS, ACCS, RCP (Director, Respiratory Care Services, White Memorial Medical Center) says using capnography monitoring has reduced rapid response calls by more than 50% and offers 5 keys to avoiding respiratory depression during conscious sedation.
  • Keeping Pregnant Mothers Safe from Blood Clots: Managing the Healthcare Risk in Obese Patients

    Keeping Pregnant Mothers Safe from Blood Clots: Managing the Healthcare Risk in Obese Patients

    Lisa Enslow, MSN, RN-BC (Nurse Educator, Women’s Health and Ambulatory Care Services, Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut) discusses four keys for managing the health care risk in obese pregnant mothers.
  • Preventing Blood Clots in Pregnancy

    In this podcast, Colleen Lee MS, RN (Maternal/Perinatal Patient Safety Officer, Montefiore Medical Center) discusses the heightened risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE which is commonly referred to as blood clots) in pregnancy.
  • Interview on Amanda Abbiehl: Opioid-Induced Respiratory Compromise Can Be Prevented

    Opioid-Induced Respiratory Compromise Can Be Prevented: In Honor of Amanda Abbiehl

    To honor the life of Amanda Abbiehl, Pat Iyer and the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety have re-released this podcast for the five-year anniversary of Amanda’s death. PCA pumps deliver medicine to patients that manages pain. This medicine can lead to respiratory compromise. Respiratory compromise is the second-most frequently occurring preventable patient safety issue … Read More
  • Role of Sequential Compression Device in Preventing Blood Clots

    PPAHS Patient Safety Podcast Host Sean Power interviews Sharon Butler, Clinical Nurse IV, Perioperative Services, Stanford University Medical Center, about sequential compression devices for preventing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
  • Four Patient Safety Questions to Ask When Using Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Pumps

    Project Health Radio recently interviewed Michael Wong, a health and safety advocate and founder of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS). In this interview, Mr. Wong discussed four patient safety questions to ask when using Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pumps to manage pain.


  • Only Continuous Electronic Monitoring Can Ensure Patients Receiving Opioids Are Safe

    This AAMI video describes why only continuous electronic monitoring can ensure patients receiving opioids are safe. It features Marilyn Flack (Executive Director at Association, AAMI) and Senior Vice President, Patient Safety Initiatives, AAMI Foundation, Dr Frank Overdyk, and Laura Batz Townsend.
  • Tyler’s Story: A Deadly PCA Medical Error

    Tyler was 18-years old when he died following a successful routine procedure in hospital. His mother, Victoria Ireland, tells the heartbreaking story of how he succumbed to opioid-induced respiratory depression while on a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump. To view the video, please click here.
  • Case Studies Illustrating the Value of Capnography

    Dr. Melissa Langhan (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, at Yale School of Medicine) – discusses the value of monitoring with capnography in these patient case studies.
  • Ensuring child safety during common medical procedures

    Dr. Melissa Langhan (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, at Yale School of Medicine) – “Unfortunately, continuous capnography is not routinely used outside of the operating room. Capnography can really enhance patient safety, and healthcare professionals need to think about using it more often. As our study found, using capnography enhanced patient safety, by being able … Read More
  • Rising Maternal Death Rate

    Peter Cherouny, M.D., Emeritus Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Vermont, Chair and Lead Faculty: IHI Perinatal Improvement Community, outlines reasons why the maternal death rate is climbing, pointing to the PPAHS OB VTE Safety Recommendations as part of the solution.
  • Sleep Apnea + Opiods = Post-Surgical Preventable Death: The John LaChance Story

    Patricia LaChance: “After undergoing what most people would consider a routine surgery, my husband John, died. Just as heartbreaking as John’s passing was to me is the fact that his death was entirely preventable.“

3 thoughts on “Educational Materials

  1. Sheree R. Thein

    I’m looking for an interview you all did with a male doctor or respiratory therapist (??) associated with the hospital in Georgia that has such a good record regarding adverse events caused by opioid overdoses. It’s a fairly long interview and he was really convincing regarding the advantage of using capnography and not just using pulse oximeters with the patients receiving opioids. Is there any chance you could respond to my email address with a link to that interview? Thank you!

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