Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Turns 4 Years Old

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today celebrates its fourth anniversary.

PPAHS posted its first blog on July 27, 2011, “Is it possible to survive 96-minutes without a heart beat?”.

This post featured what happened to Howard Snitzer, who suffered a heart attack outside of a grocery store in Goodhue, Minnesota. Two volunteer paramedics responded and began a 96-minute CPR marathon involving 20 others, who took turns pumping his chest.

Mayo Clinic Video Howard Snitzer

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Generally, if a victim’s pulse has not returned after 45 minutes of CPR, resuscitation is discontinued. However, fortunately for Howard, the paramedics were using capnography, a “monitoring device that measures the concentration of carbon dioxide in exhaled air and displays a numerical readout and waveform tracing.”

In writing about his experience, Mr. Snitzer says, “I hope that more rescue squads will acquire the Capnograph in the future. I have already heard stories about that happening as a result of people reading my story. If even one other person is helped by this then all the efforts that went into my rescue were worth it. I hope this helps thousands.”

“PPAHS was started with a simple goal – save one life from unnecessary death,” said Michael W. Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, PPAHS). “Since that time, PPAHS has together with leading health experts developed the PCA Safety Checklist for patients receiving opioids through patient-controlled analgesia, the OB VTE Recommendations to prevent blood clots in pregnant and delivering mothers, and the Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations to reduce the incidence of blood clots in stroke patients.”

PPAHS is engaged in the following key initiatives for improving patient safety and health outcomes:

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