Top 10 Patient Safety Must Reads – October 2016

In October, the PPAHS celebrated it’s 5th anniversary.  In addition to building around the growing body of knowledge regarding accounting for OSA in patients receiving opioids, the PPAHS also announced a new campaign targeting VTE in orthopedic patients.

Top 5 Posts:

PPAHS Commemorates 5th Anniversary with 5 Tips for Patient Safety.  To commemorate PPAHS’ 5th anniversary earlier in the year, we developed 5 animated GIFS highlighting key patient safety tips.

3 Limitations to the Use of Pulse Oximetry.  A follow-up to PPAHS’ most recent podcast featuring Dr. Thomas W. Frederickson, this article examines some of the key limitations in relying on solely pulse oximetry to detect for respiratory distress.

3 Keys To Successfully Implementing Capnography.  PPAHS built upon its article on the limitations of pulse oximetry with keys to effectively implementing capnography.

New Guideline on Pre-Op Screening and Assessment for OSA.   This guest post from Bradley T. Traux, MD is an in-depth response to the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine’s recent guidelines regarding OSA.

VTE Prophylaxis is a Must for Preventing VTE Readmissions in Orthopedic Patients: AAOS & ACCP Guidelines.  Both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American College of Chest Physicians (ACCS) recently updated their guidelines for preventing orthopedic venous thromboembolism (VTE) in orthopedic patients.  The PPAHS looked into implications for hospitals.

Top 5 Tweets:

The PPAHS’ top traffic on Twitter included the latest news following the opioid epidemic, as well as coverage of our latest campaign targeting VTE.

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