By Mark Reiter, MD, MBA, FAAEM (CEO, Emergency Excellence; Residency Director, Emergency Medicine Residency, University of Tennessee-Murfreesboro/Nashville; President, American Academy of Emergency Medicine) and Brian Fengler, MD, FAAEM (CEO, EvidenceCare; Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine Residency, University of Tennessee-Murfreesboro/Nashville).
In their recent article in Practical Neurology, Dr Mark Reiter and Dr Brian Fengler write about the need for better use of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis to prevent secondary stroke in admitted patients: Continue reading “Two Steps Can Reduce the Incidence of Secondary Stroke”
Three main issues in this week’s must reads.
… but, first, a parent’s plight with alarm fatigue – it doesn’t just affect caregivers. If you don’t believe that, then this first-hand account from the parent of a sick baby should change the mind of any doubters that alarm fatigue is real – 14 days of muting and ignoring alarms.
1. March is DVT/Blood Clot Awareness Month
Hats off to @ClotBuster and to @LiverWife for tweeting that March is DVT/Blood ClotAwareness Month! Continue reading “Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (March 20, 2015)”
This week’s must-reads range from a mother who died and was revived after blood clots to a call for better middleware from device manufacturers to combat alarm fatigue. Continue reading “Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (February 27, 2015)”
Presenting at a standing-room-only meeting at the recent International Stroke Conference (ISC), health experts recommended shortened door-to-treatment times and the use of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) to help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in stroke patients. Continue reading “IPC To Prevent Blood Clots in Stroke Patients Recommended at International Stroke Conference”
Health Expert Panel Encourage Use of Venous Thromboembolism Recommendations to Reduce Adverse Events and Save Lives
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is pleased to announce the release of safety recommendations targeting the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in stroke patients. Continue reading “New Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations Prevent Blood Clots In Stroke Patients”
Guidelines Poised to Change Standard of Care for Stroke Treatment and Help Caregivers Lower Incidences of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Patients Continue reading “Recommendations for Reducing Death and Disability among Stroke Victims to be released at International Stroke Conference 2015”
By Michael Wong, JD, Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
(This article was first printed in Becker’s Hospital Review. What follows is just an excerpt. To read the full article, please click here.)
Heart-rending cases like that of Steven Spence — a 68-year-old man who suffered a second stroke in his home only hours after being treated for his first one in a hospital — underscore the urgent need to create new standards for in-hospital and transition-of-care treatment of stroke patients, advocated by neurological health and patient safety experts. Continue reading “Recurrent Stroke Victims’ Stories Illustrate Need for New Treatment Guidelines”