By Michael Wong, JD (Founder & Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
An Introduction to Logan
In 2016, I had the immense pleasure of interviewing Pamela Parker, BSN, RN, CAPA about what happened to her 17-year-old son, Logan.
Pamela Parker has been a registered nurse for about 30 years. She is a recovery room nurse and, at the time of our interview, worked in the ambulatory procedure unit at a hospital in Indiana. In addition to providing patient care, Ms. Parker is a clinical educator and provides bereavement support. To help others with the loss of loved ones, she writes a blog “Hope for Grieving Mothers.”
Continue reading “Learning About Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression from Logan’s Death”
by Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
According to the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, many different types of procedures may require a patient who is a child to stay still or may cause them discomfort if no anesthesia is used. For example, procedures such as MRI scans require the child to be completely still to ensure adequate quality of the scans. This is an addition to anesthesia used in surgery and common procedures, such as for fracture reduction, laceration repair, and incision and drainage of an abscess.
However, despite the widespread use of anesthesia in children, Gaspard Montandon, PhD (Parker B. Francis Fellow, Department of Physiology and Medicine, University of Toronto) says: Continue reading “Children at Heightened Risk of Respiratory Compromise”
by Michael Wong
In the recent survey that we conducted, 90% of respondents believe that “continuous electronic monitoring of oxygenation and ventilation should be available and considered for all patients and would reduce the likelihood of unrecognized clinically significant opioid-induced depression of ventilation in the postoperative period.” Continue reading “90% say all postoperative patients should be monitored”