Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Continuous Electronic Monitoring Could Have Saved My Child, My Family, My Marriage and My Life: A 11-Year Reflection on a Medical Travesty

By Lenore Alexander (Executive Director,

 The mother of Leah Coufal, Lenore Alexander is Executive Director of Leah’s Legacy, a non-profit advocate for mandatory electronic monitoring of patients on opioids.    She may be reached at

(The article was first published in HealthCareReport.)

Eleven years ago, I found my 11-year-old daughter, Leah, dead next to me in her hospital bed.  And though I haven’t spent this time attending medical school, I now have a much better understanding of what happened during the 30 hours my child was in the hospital’s care.  It’s what’s come to be called a “perfect storm” – a cascade of mistakes and miscommunication. Read More

Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

US Representative Keith Ellison Calls for Elimination of Preventable Deaths and Continuous Electronic Monitoring of All Post-Operative Patients Receiving Opioids

US Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Chief Deputy Whip, recently urged the US House of Representatives to work to prevent patient deaths. Read More