Improving Health Care to Prevent Adverse Events and Death: Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Announces Educational Series on Continuous Patient Monitoring

To help improve health care by preventing adverse events and death, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is hosting an educational series on continuous patient monitoring.

“This clinical education series will feature doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists discussing how they have successfully implemented continuous patient monitoring in their hospitals,” said Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, PPAHS). “The series will also address how these hospitals and clinicians were able to overcome challenges to implementing monitoring.”

Beginning October 2015, the clinical education series will consist of 10 parts and will feature key topics, including:

  • The ROI of continuous monitoring.
  • Reduction of rescue events.
  • Changes in work flow.
  • Alarm management.
  • Effective nursing bedside strategies and tips.
  • Risk stratification and patient assessment.

The Joint Commission issued Sentinel Event Alert 49 on the safe use of opioids in hospitals, which underscores the association of adverse events with the use of opioid analgesics. In particular, the Sentinel Event Alert highlights some of the causes for opioid-related adverse events: lack of knowledge about opioid potency, improper prescribing and administration, and inadequate patient monitoring.

Opioid analgesics—powerful painkillers—are one of the types of drugs most frequently associated with adverse events. Improved patient monitoring reduces the risk of these events from occurring. PPAHS advocates that hospitals monitor all patients receiving opioids with continuous patient monitoring, including capnography for adequacy of ventilation and pulse oximetry for oxygenation.

PPAHS would like to thank Medtronic ( and EarlySense ( for their generous support of this clinical education series. All aspects of the series – including selection of clinicians to be interviewed, discussion topics, and questions asked – are solely the responsibility of PPAHS.

Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC will host the clinical education series for PPAHS.

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