Patient Safety

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety and Health Care (August 21, 2015)

Two lessons learned for this week’s must reads in patient safety and health care – (1) Monitor with Capnography to Improve Patient Safety and (2) Planning Helps Manage the Health Care Risk in Obese Pregnant Mothers. Read More

Blood Clots

Midwest Stroke Action Alliance Presentation Features Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations and Blood Clot Prevention

The Midwest Stroke Action Alliance recently hosted a panel of health experts on the risks of venous thromboembolism (VTE which is commonly referred to as blood clots).

The health experts on the panel were:

  • Mark J. Alberts, MD (Clinical Vice-Chair for Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, UT Southwestern Medical Center)
  • Laurie Paletz, BSN, PHN, RN-BC (Stroke Program Coordinator, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)
  • Michael W. Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

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Blood Clots

3 Key Lessons Learned for Implementing OB VTE Safety Recommendations

By Lynn Razzano RN, MSN, ONCC (Clinical Nurse Consultant, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

On June 18, 2014, approximately 250 attendees at the annual conference of AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses) attended the panel presentation entitled: “Implement VTE Change in OB Practice.“ Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Blood Clots, Respiratory Compromise

Introducing the PPAHS Patient Safety Podcast

by Sean Power
July 14, 2014

Over the past several months, members of the patient safety community have suggested that the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety (PPAHS) host a podcast to highlight current work in opioid safety, venous thromboembolism, and alarm fatigue.

We thought it was a great idea. We love presenting PPAHS stories at conferences and on our website, and there is so much progress being made in patient safety by others, we thought a podcast would be a perfect avenue to share those stories, too. Read More

Blood Clots, Practices & Tips

Clinical Tip: How long should mechanical compression devices be worn each day to have the best patient outcome?

Mechanical compression devices should be worn at least 18-20 hours a day to be effective.

By Lynn Razzano RN, MSN, ONCC

Graduated compression stockings and other mechanical compression devices have been shown not to be effective unless they are worn at least 18- 20 hours a day.

Mechanical compression devices exert their therapeutic effects by limiting venous stasis and enhancing fibrinolysis. Read More

Blood Clots

Better Education on VTE Prevention Is Needed

By Michael Wong

(For a complete copy of the article and references, please see the post on Ob/

As blood clots continue to be a leading cause of maternal death in the US, a new study of expectant mothers underscores the need for improved awareness among caregivers about how to best protect their patients from clots before delivery. Read More