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Physician Patient Alliance for Health & Safety: CMS Quality Measures Should Include Continuous Electronic Monitoring of Patients Using Patient-Controlled Analgesia
Date:12/13/2012

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Michael Wong, Executive Director for the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), explains, "To make sure that there are no other Amandas, whether that be someone's sister, father, grandmother, friend, or neighbor, it is essential to include continuous electronic monitoring for the adequacy of ventilation with capnography and oxygenation with pulse oximetry, as recommended by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.  This would ensure that there is an electronic safety net for all patients using patient-controlled analgesia pumps, so that they can receive there prescribed pain medication without the risk of adverse event."

PPAHS encourages people to contact CMS to express their support for proposed measure #3040 to adequately monitor patients using PCA:

  • Email: measureapplications@qualityforum.org
  • Subject line: CMS Proposed Quality Measure #3040
  • Message suggestion: "Please adopt measure #3040 to ensure the safety of patients using patient-controlled analgesia by ensuring that all patients are continuously electronically monitored for ventilation with capnography and oxygenation with oximetry, as recommended by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation."

Or, send a message to PPAHS by clicking here.

About PPAHS

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is an advocacy group devoted to improving patient health and safety. PPAHS supporters include physicians, patients, individuals, and organizations.

PPAHS recently released a concise checklist that reminds caregivers of the essential steps needed to be taken to initiate Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) with a patient and to continue to assess that patient's use of PCA. For more information and to download
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