Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

12 Years of Event-Free Opioid Use

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) recently interviewed Harold Oglesby RRT, Manager, The Center for Pulmonary Health, Candler Hospital, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System (SJ/C).  

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Must Reads

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. Read More

Must Reads, Patient Safety

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (October 21, 2016)

This week in patient safety news, we featured a guest post article on pre-op screening and assessment for OSA.  We also found some great articles addressing the ICU, the opioid crisis, and the latest in wearable monitor studies. Read More

Must Reads

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads – October 14, 2016

This week from PPAHS we created a two-part article series examining patient monitoring strategies.  We also found 2 insightful articles adding to our knowledge of the opioid crisis, and a spotlight on alarm fatigue. Read More

Malpractice, Opioid Safety

PPAHS to Present at ACI Annual Advanced Forum on Medical Liability, Claims, Coverage, and Risk Management


The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) will be presenting at the American Conference Institute’s 2nd Annual Advanced Forum on Medical Liability, Claims, Coverage, and Risk Management in New York City.  The 2-day conference, running from October 27 to 28, will bring together professionals from government, healthcare, risk management, and legal fields to discuss the latest trends and issues in today’s fast-paced medical liability landscape.

Michael Wong, JD, PPAHS executive director, will convene a panel titled “New Claims Trends Related to the U.S. Pain Crisis: Taking a Look at the Recent Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic and Its Impact on a New Wave of Med Mal Insurance Claims”.  He will be joined by Linda Van Dillen, CompAlliance Managed Care; Michael D. Anderson, Sr. Claims Examiner & Risk Specialist Medical Insurance Exchange of California, Medical underwriters of California; and Keri Marmorek, Specialty Lines, Beazley USA.  The panel will occur on day two of the conference, October 28, 2016. Read More

Must Reads, Patient Safety

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (September 16, 2016)

In this week’s Must Reads, we feature a guest post by Betsy Cohen, a Certified and Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor about her management program for medical errors. On the web, we focused on some great dialogue around cooperation across multiple stakeholders to ensure the safe use of opioids. Read More

Opioid Safety, Practices & Tips

5 Key Steps to Assessing and Identifying At-Risk Patients for Respiratory Compromise

The cost of opioid-related adverse events, in terms of both human life and hospital expenses, remains at the forefront of the public eye. It has been estimated that yearly costs in the United States associated with opioid-related post-operative respiratory failure were estimated at $2 billion.

The Society of Hospital Medicine, which is the largest organization representing hospitalists and a resource for hospital medicine, recently released a comprehensive guide, “Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids” (otherwise known as the RADEO guide).

To better understand the RADEO guide, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety interviewed its lead author, Thomas W. Frederickson MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Opioid Pain Medication & Assessing the Risk of Respiratory Compromise: Pamela Parker, RN on the Death of Her 17 Year Old Son

In this Podcast with PPAHS, Pamela Parker, BSN, RN, CAPA describes her son, Logan, as “a red haired, fair skinned, seventeen year old fun big kid … [who] was very silly and … even embraced the term ‘goofy’.”

Logan had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with elements of central sleep apnea. He underwent surgery to have “his tonsils and his uvula removed, septum and his turbinate repaired. Basically, opening up the airway by removing the tissue in the back of his airway.” Read More

Must Reads, Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety and Health Care (November 13, 2015) – We Need Better Pain Management

Could the rising death rate of middle-aged white Americans be due to inadequate pain management and education?

Two Princeton University economists – Drs. Angus Deaton and Anne Case, who last month won the 2015 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science – analyzed health and mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from other sources.

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