Must Reads

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (September 23, 2016)

This week’s must reads brings forth key resources relevant to our latest podcast, as well as stories from around the web related to alarm fatigue, patient safety data collection, and opioid guidelines. Read More

Blood Clots, Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Respiratory Compromise

3 Ways To Improve Safety for Patient Safety Awareness Week

This week (March 13-19) is Patient Safety Awareness Week.

The National Patient Safety Foundation says the campaign is “designed to spark dialogue and promote action to improve the safety of the health care system for patients and the workforce.” Read More

Patient Safety

6 Must Do’s to Ensure Safety Checklists Work

Do medical checklists improve patient safety or not?

Probably the best known medical checklist is the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, which was developed by WHO’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program led by Atul Gawande, MD. Dr Gawande is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and is the author of “The Checklist Manifesto”. Read More

Malpractice, Opioid Safety, Patient Safety

5 Steps to Minimizing Exposure to Medical Malpractice Litigation

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today released 5 steps to minimizing exposure to medical malpractice litigation.

“The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is an advocacy group dedicated to improving patient health and safety,” said Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, PPAHS). “Hospitals can minimize their exposure to medical malpractice litigation and improve patient safety, resulting in a win-win for patients and their clinicians.”

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Must Reads, Patient Safety

Patient Safety and Health Care Newsletter – August 2015

5 Key Patient Safety Achievements!

On July 27, 2015, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) turned four years old.

Turning four years old made us look back and see what we’ve done. These 5 Key Patient Safety Achievements stand out! Read More

Blood Clots, Hospital Acquired Conditions, Malpractice, Respiratory Compromise

Minimizing Exposure to Medical Malpractice Litigation

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety presented at the American Conference Institute’s Medical Professional Liability conference on October 31, 2014 on steps hospitals can take to implement preventative measures to minimize their exposure to medical malpractice litigation.

According to a study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), after heart disease and cancer, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Read More

Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

PPAHS Mourns the Fourth Anniversary of the Passing of Amanda Abbiehl

by Sean Power
July 24, 2014

This past weekend (July 17) marks the anniversary of the tragic death of 18-year old Amanda Abbiehl, whose story serves as a powerful reminder of the need for continuous electronic monitoring.

Lynn Razzano, Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, offers an appeal to her clinical colleagues:

“On the four year anniversary of the untimely passing away of 18-year old Amanda, hospitals need to think of how this could have been actively prevented. My hope is that this promotes more vigilance in appropriately assessing a patient when opioids are in use and ensuring that all patients receiving opioids are continuously electronically monitored.

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Why You Should Let Patients Participate in PCA Safety Checklists, Too

by Sean Power

(This article first appeared in Healthcare News.)

Last month, in an Outpatient Surgery e-weekly newsletter, Jim Burger shared research by Tulane University Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans, suggesting that surgical teams are more likely to use the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist when patients know about the existence of such checklists. All of the informed patients said that knowing about the checklist made them feel more comfortable going into surgery.

In the study, which was presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ conference, students secretly monitored 104 procedures. In 43 cases, patients were told about the checklist; in the other 61 procedures, patients were left in the dark. Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

3 Questions About Patient Safety and PCA with Brian and Cindy Abbiehl from A Promise to Amanda Foundation

by Sean Power
December 12, 2013

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety released their findings from the First National Survey on Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Safety Practices. Read More