Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

US Representative Keith Ellison Calls for Elimination of Preventable Deaths and Continuous Electronic Monitoring of All Post-Operative Patients Receiving Opioids

US Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Chief Deputy Whip, recently urged the US House of Representatives to work to prevent patient deaths. Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Recent Death of 17-Year Old From Unmonitored Tonsillectomy Should Never Have Happened

In Willow Grove, PA, 17-year old Mariah Edwards went into a surgical center to remove her tonsils and died.

ABC News recently reported that the outpatient tonsillectomy was a success. Following the procedure she was moved to a recovery room. In the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Edwards family, it provides that nurses administered a dose of the painkiller fentanyl, a potent, synthetic narcotic analgesic with a rapid onset and short duration of action. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Preventing “Dead In Bed Syndrome” with Patients After Surgery

Survey found that a patient safety checklist may help prevent “dead In bed” syndrome.

by Michael Wong

In our recently conducted survey among healthcare providers, almost all the respondents (85%) favor the development and use of safety checklists.

Because of this strong desire of healthcare professionals to have a checklist, PPAHS is putting together a working group to create a checklist targeted towards patient-controlled analgesia. This checklist would reinforce the need for continuous electronic monitoring for oxygenation and ventilation. Read More

Respiratory Compromise

90% say all postoperative patients should be monitored

by Michael Wong

In the recent survey that we conducted, 90% of respondents believe that “continuous electronic monitoring of oxygenation and ventilation should be available and considered for all patients and would reduce the likelihood of unrecognized clinically significant opioid-induced depression of ventilation in the postoperative period.” Read More

Respiratory Compromise

Take Our Survey on ASA Standards & APSF Recommendations

For a chance to win an iPad 2, please take our survey and tell us what you think of the current American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Standards for Basic Anesthetic Monitoring and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) recently released recommendations and conclusions on electronic monitoring strategies to detect drug-induced postoperative respiratory depression. Read More

Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Would monitoring have saved Justin Micalizzi?

by Michael Wong

As recounted in the article, “A Family’s Search for Truth”:

On January 15, 2001, Justin Micalizzi, a healthy 11-year-old boy, was taken into surgery to incise and drain a swollen ankle. He was dead by 7:55 a.m. the next day, leaving behind two grieving and bewildered parents who desperately wanted to know why their son had died …

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