Patient Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Survey Finds Clinicians Want Safer Ways to Test Lung Function

Need for Safer Lung Function Testing

New survey finds that fears of COVID-19 are the overwhelming reason for not conducting lung function tests during the pandemic.

Respondents to the survey (50%) would like a safer way to test lung function is needed, such as a non-aerosol procedure (28%) and software that would provide an analysis of lung function (20%).

New Technological Solutions

Both the spirometer and plethysmography are technologies that were developed in the 19th century. We searched the internet to identify new technological solutions to determine lung function testing.

Please click on the video below from 4DMedical about their XV Technology and how it delivers regional, functional lung imaging using existing hospital hardware.

After you’ve watched the video, please tell us what you think and if you know of new technological solutions for testing lung function.


67% Believe COVID-19 Will Increase Malpractice Claims

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the economy and businesses. A recent McKinsey & Company survey of 200 organizations across industries found that “more than 90 percent of executives said they expect the fallout from COVID-19 to fundamentally change the way they do business over the next five years, with almost as many asserting that the crisis will have a lasting impact on their customers’ needs.“

To better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact liability and malpractice claims, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety conducted an online survey from October 8-15, 2020 with its followers.  

To read our full survey report, please click on the link below:


Who is Legally Liable for COVID-19?

By Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

Who is Legally Liable for COVID-19?

Here’s my question to you – “Who is Legally Liable for COVID-19?”

Some say China is liable – according to a Pew Research Center survey, more than 3 out of 4 Americans (78%) “place a great deal or fair amount of the blame for the global spread of the coronavirus on the Chinese government’s initial handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan.”

And, while some may debate whether a nation like China or any other country can be held legally liable, the difficulty of overcoming sovereign immunity makes such considerations a rather pointless mind exercise – or, as is often said in law school, a moot point.

Rather, I ask this question at a far more micro level – is the nurse, doctor, or even the emergency responder liable to a patient who contracts, has an adverse event, or dies from COVID-19 when undergoing their care and treatment?

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

PPAHS Presents at International Conference on Opioids

At the International Conference on Opioids (ICOO), which took place in Boston June 5-7, 2016, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) presented a poster on the survey of nurses it conducted. The survey’s objective was to identify:

  • Practices and technologies that nurses believe are needed to reduce the occurrence of respiratory compromise and
  • Those areas of medical practice that would benefit most from improved intervention.

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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

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

First National Survey of Patient-Controlled Analgesia Hospital Practices Reveals Patient Safety Concerns and Role of Continuous Electronic Monitoring

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today announced the release of major patient safety findings of the first national survey of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) practices presented at the recent Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM) 3rd Annual Conference held October 10-11, 2013. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

First National Survey of Patient-Controlled Analgesia Practices

Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety invites participation in the first national survey of patient-controlled analgesia practices.

If you are a physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider, to take part in this brief national survey on PCA practices (which is only open to healthcare providers), please visit


Respiratory Compromise

1/3 of Healthcare Providers Believe Medical Practices Are Not in Accordance with Basic Monitoring Standards

by Michael Wong

In the PPAHS survey conducted among healthcare providers (for pdf download of survey report, please see link below), more than a third believe medical practices are not completely in accord with the Standards for Basic Anesthetic Monitoring set by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Most of the respondents (about 60%) indicated anesthesiology as their medical practice. Read More

Respiratory Compromise

Take Our Survey on ASA Standards & APSF Recommendations

For a chance to win an iPad 2, please take our survey and tell us what you think of the current American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Standards for Basic Anesthetic Monitoring and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) recently released recommendations and conclusions on electronic monitoring strategies to detect drug-induced postoperative respiratory depression. Read More