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Latest Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Stories

2014-04-09 12:30:36

CHICAGO, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the annual conference of Association of periOperative Registered Nurses ("AORN"), which took place March 30 - April 2, 2014, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety ("PPAHS") presented eight key points to improve patient safety and health outcomes. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131024/CG03341LOGO Three of the most commonly overlooked clinical points are: -- Verify hand-off or transition of care from nurse-to-nurse that...

2014-02-19 12:28:10

All patients receiving opioids to manage pain after surgery should be continuously monitored, leaders of APSF, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety and Leah's Legacy agree CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) and Leah's Legacy say they fully support the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation's (APSF) call for the nation's hospitals to continuously monitor all patients receiving opioids to manage their...

2014-01-24 12:23:14

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As a National Patient Safety Goal of The Joint Commission, "alarm fatigue" - which occurs when hospital staffs become desensitized, overwhelmed or distracted by the myriad patient alarms that sound off around them each day - is now one of the most widely discussed issues in healthcare. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131024/CG03341LOGO) The dialogue continued at the Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) Annual Meeting held Jan....

2014-01-22 12:26:01

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "Alarm fatigue" - which can lead to serious and sometimes fatal consequence for patients -- is rated as a top concern by 19 out of every 20 hospitals in the U.S., according to a new national survey presented at the Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) Annual Meeting held in Orlando Jan. 15-18. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131024/CG03341LOGO) "Hospitals are greatly concerned about alarm fatigue because it interferes with patient...

2013-12-05 12:28:31

CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Perinatal Association are pleased to announce the release of safety recommendations targeting the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in maternal patients. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131024/CG03341LOGO) These recommendations address a critical patient issue, according to Frank Federico, RPh (Executive Director at the...

2013-11-14 12:26:22

CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety today released a draft of safety recommendations targeting venous thromboembolism (commonly referred to as blood clots) for women having cesarean and vaginal delivery, and the extension of prophylaxis post discharge. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131024/CG03341LOGO) According to the CDC, the maternal death rate in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1987. Mary D'Alton, MD,...

2013-10-31 08:34:37

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety today released an infograph on the first national survey of United States hospitals on the administration of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131024/CG03341LOGO) The infograph can be viewed and downloaded at http://ppahs.org/2013/10/30/infographic-first-national-survey-of-patient-controlled-analgesia-practices/ According to reports made to...

2013-10-23 12:28:54

CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today joined prominent health experts in expressing concern about the rising of maternal morbidity in the United States. According to the CDC, the maternal death rate in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1987. In an article published October 21, 2013 in Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control, William M. Callaghan, M.D., M.P.H. (senior scientist for the maternal and...

2013-10-16 08:29:06

CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. According to reports made to the Food and Drug Administration between 2005 and 2009, more than 56,000 adverse events and 700...

2013-10-03 08:30:45

CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today announced the formation of a group of renowned health experts to assist in the development of a safety checklist targeting the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in maternal patients (antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum). "For pregnant women, the risk of VTE is 4-5 times higher than women who are not pregnant," says Dr. Andra James (Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology,...