Must Reads, Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety and Health Care (November 13, 2015) – We Need Better Pain Management

Could the rising death rate of middle-aged white Americans be due to inadequate pain management and education?

Two Princeton University economists – Drs. Angus Deaton and Anne Case, who last month won the 2015 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science – analyzed health and mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from other sources.

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Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety and Health Care (September 11, 2015)

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety and Health Care (September 11, 2015)

What has changed a year after Joan Rivers’ death?

According to USA Today – the answer is “nothing much of consequence”:

On the first anniversary of the death of Joan Rivers following what was supposed to be an ordinary outpatient procedure, nothing much of consequence — except for bad publicity — has happened to the clinic where she was treated and to the doctors who were treating her.

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Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Monitoring can prevent errors with patient-controlled analgesia

by Laura Batz Townsend

My Mom, Louise Batz, died from a preventable medical error after recovering knee surgery. Mom went into the hospital for knee replacement surgery.

This was not emergency surgery. She had planned the surgery so she would have enough time to heal and be ready to welcome the arrival of her fourth grandchild. Read More