Anticoagulants (more commonly referred to as blood thinners) are routinely used to treat, prevent and reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), which consists of prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).
According to World Thrombosis Day, 1 in 4 people worldwide are dying from conditions caused by thrombosis:
How to Prevent Deadly Blood Clots: Three Free Resources from the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
World Thrombosis Day asks us to be aware of tips to prevent deadly blood clots:
When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die from conditions caused by thrombosis, making it a leading cause of global death and disability.
In honor of WTD 2017, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety believes that blood clots safety consists of four steps: Read More
March is Blood Clot Awareness Month.
Spearheaded by the National Blood Clot Alliance, #BCAM is a time for patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and advocates to draw attention to deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism.
According to the National Blood Clot Alliance:
“Blood clots do not discriminate. They can and do affect anyone from children to senior citizens, from professional athletes to mothers, women and men – no one is immune. Tragically, roughly 274 lives are lost each day in the U.S. simply because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low.”
Blood Clot Awareness Month is a time for us to highlight stories and resources that you can share with colleagues, patients, and loved ones to bring attention to blood clots. Read More
By Sean Power
“Competent and thoughtful leaders contribute to improvements in safety and organizational culture.”
—The Joint Commission, Sentinel Event Alert 57
Earlier this month, The Joint Commission released Sentinel Event Alert 57, The essential role of leadership in developing a safety culture, calling on leaders to prioritize and increase the visibility of everyday actions that create a culture of safety.
There is no better time to amplify that message than Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18, and we are calling on leaders to make every week patient safety awareness week at their healthcare facilities. Read More
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety has been invited to become a partner of World Thrombosis Day, an international multi-organizational campaign devoted to increasing global awareness about thrombosis, including its causes, risk factors, signs/symptoms, evidence-based prevention and treatments.
World Thrombosis Day aims to highlight the need for action on thrombosis, specifically underscoring the unrecognized threat and serious consequences (morbidity and mortality) related to venous thromboembolism (VTE).
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
The top 5 health and safety posts for 2015 on the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) blog demonstrate risk management concerns for monitoring patients to prevent respiratory depression, preventing blood clots, and the need to manage device alarms.
Stroke health care expert, neurologist Mark J. Alberts, MD, FAHA joins the Board of Advisors of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS).
Dr. Alberts is an internationally recognized leader in the care of stroke patients. He is at the forefront of medical breakthroughs to improve the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, including new methods to treat and prevent strokes. He has been instrumental in developing national criteria for hospitals to become stroke centers. Read More
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
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)