Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Patient Safety Experts Share 4 Insights About Safer Opioid Pain Management

by Sean Power

Patient safety experts recently participated in a webinar on reducing adverse drug events and harm associated with postoperative opioid pain management programs. Premier Safety Institute, an organization dedicated to coordinating safety-related activities among national organizations to help improve safety, hosted the webinar.

The panel featured four patient safety experts: Read More

Alarm Fatigue

Alarm Fatigue Articles Around the Web

by Sean Power

The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Alert 50 earlier this month on alarm fatigue has generated attention from news outlets ranging from international giants like Bloomberg Businessweek to niche healthcare publications like Medical News Today.

Below we have collected some of the coverage on the topic. Read More

Alarm Fatigue

90% of Patient Alarms Are “False”: Two recommendations for tackling alarm fatigue

The non-profit Connecticut Health Investigative Team [C-HIT] (www.c-hit.org) recently reported what Connecticut hospitals are doing to tackle a phenomenon known industry-wide as alarm fatigue.

As stated in their report “Hospitals Mobilize To Tackle Alarm Fatigue”: Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

AORN Poster Presentation: Unrecognized Opioid Induced Respiratory Depression and PCA Safety Checklist

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) recently presented a poster presentation at the 60th Congress of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

This poster discussed the problem of opioid-induced respiratory depression, particularly regarding patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). As well, the presentation focused on the place of the recently released PCA Safety Checklist in addressing opioid warnings expressed by The Joint Commission in its Sentinel Event Alert of safe use of opioids in hospitals. Read More