"It is a great honor to be recognized as an authority on patient safety," said Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, PPAHS). "It is a testament to our board of advisors, supporters, OB VTE Working Group, PCA Safety Panel, Stroke VTE Working Group, contributors, readers, our team, and countless others who have collaborated with us to improve patient safety."
PPAHS is also ranked in the top 100 in respiratory therapy and in the top 250 in nursing and anesthesia.
PPAHS seeks to advance key patient health and safety initiatives that significantly impact patient lives and to do so in a prescriptive and practical manner. PPAHS's three key initiatives are:
Opioid Safety - 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.
Blood Clots Safety - Blood Clots Safety consists of four steps: (1) assessing patients for risk of venous thromboebolism (VTE); (2) providing the recommended prophylaxis regimen, including mechanical and pharmacological prophylaxis, as prescribed; (3) reassessing the patient every 24 hours or upon the occurrence of a significant event, like surgery; and (4) ensuring that the patient is provided appropriate VTE prevention education upon hospital discharge.
Alarm Safety - 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.
PPAHS recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.
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.
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