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Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Announces Four Essentials for Safety for Patients Receiving Opioids
Date:5/16/2013

CHICAGO, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), an advocacy group of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, healthcare organizations and patient safety advocacy groups, recently released four essentials for patient safety.

These four essentials for patient safety were recently discussed on 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 four essentials help improve patient safety by making patients and their families a partner with their healthcare providers:1.

Ensure patients/families are provided information on proper use of the PCA pump, so they understand:  - Pump delivers a powerful narcotic  - No PCA by proxy2.

Make sure patients/families understand why they must be monitored for safety reasons:   - oximetry on finger   - capnography cannula on nose3.

Save yourself some trouble and educate patients and families about monitor readouts.4.

Why alarms sound and what to do when they do sound. Michael Wong , founder and executive director of PPAHS, explains, "Caregivers are encouraged to make patients and their families partners in patient safety. Taking a brief moment to explain these four essentials will improve patient safety."

As Cindy Abbiehl , who with her husband established A Promise to Amanda Foundation following the tragic death of their 18-year daughter who passed away in 2010 because she was not adequately monitored with EtCO2, said on the webinar

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