CHICAGO, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to announce that the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has bestowed a prestigious national gold award on the AAMI Foundation for its patient safety initiatives, specifically the contributions of its National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety and National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids.
"This award recognizes the invaluable work that AAMI has done to bring key organizations and individuals together to promote improved patient safety related to medical device alarms and the need to monitor patients on opioids," said Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, PPAHS). "It also acknowledges the tremendous effort and contribution of these organizations and individuals."
"Alarm Safety is actively managing the number of alarms (by, for example, configuring default settings for the specific patient and regularly changing electrodes) and ensuring monitors sound at the appropriate volume and are not muted."
"Opioid Safety, for patients receiving opioids in hospital and healthcare facilities, is the management and minimization of the risks of respiratory compromise, adverse events, and death through continuous respiratory monitoring with pulse oximetry for oxygenation and with capnography for adequacy of ventilation."
About Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to promote safer clinical practices and standards for patients through collaboration among healthcare experts, professionals, scientific researchers, and others, in order to improve health care delivery. For more information, please go to www.ppahs.org