By Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
Who is Legally Liable for COVID-19?
Here’s my question to you – “Who is Legally Liable for COVID-19?”
Some say China is liable – according to a Pew Research Center survey, more than 3 out of 4 Americans (78%) “place a great deal or fair amount of the blame for the global spread of the coronavirus on the Chinese government’s initial handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan.”
And, while some may debate whether a nation like China or any other country can be held legally liable, the difficulty of overcoming sovereign immunity makes such considerations a rather pointless mind exercise – or, as is often said in law school, a moot point.
Rather, I ask this question at a far more micro level – is the nurse, doctor, or even the emergency responder liable to a patient who contracts, has an adverse event, or dies from COVID-19 when undergoing their care and treatment?
At the International Conference on Opioids (ICOO), which took place in Boston June 5-7, 2016, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) presented a poster on the survey of nurses it conducted. The survey’s objective was to identify:
- Practices and technologies that nurses believe are needed to reduce the occurrence of respiratory compromise and
- Those areas of medical practice that would benefit most from improved intervention.
by Sean Power
December 12, 2013
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety released their findings from the First National Survey on Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Safety Practices. Read More
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today announced the release of major patient safety findings of the first national survey of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) practices presented at the recent Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM) 3rd Annual Conference held October 10-11, 2013. Read More
Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety invites participation in the first national survey of patient-controlled analgesia practices.
If you are a physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider, to take part in this brief national survey on PCA practices (which is only open to healthcare providers), please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PCAhospitalsurvey
Congratulations to Cathy Gao, the winner of an iPad2. Cathy was selected randomly among respondents to the PPAHS survey on ASA Standards and APSF Recommendations. Random selection was done through a program on the web … amazing what’s the internet! Read More
by Michael Wong
In the PPAHS survey conducted among healthcare providers (for pdf download of survey report, please see link below), more than a third believe medical practices are not completely in accord with the Standards for Basic Anesthetic Monitoring set by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Most of the respondents (about 60%) indicated anesthesiology as their medical practice. Read More
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