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

p>"Basically what we're looking at is the essentials for safety. Ensure patients and families are provided information on proper use of PCA [patient-controlled analgesia] pumps. A lot of people don't realize that these pumps do deliver a powerful narcotic. It tends to be an issue if the patient is administering it or if somebody else pushes the button for the patient."

Proper patient education about the devices with which they manage their pain is therefore essential to safe care. "That's why we need to make sure that patients and families understand why they must be monitored for safety reasons," Ms. Abbhiel continues. She explains that oximetry on the finger and a capnography cannula on the nose will prevent adverse drug events for patients using PCA pumps to manage pain.

Educating patients and families about how to interpret monitor readouts helps frontline staff monitor patients. "Brian and I both have discussed how we wished that we could have seen some warning sign. With capnography, it pretty much puts the warning sign on the machine and alerts the nurses without them having to come in."

For more on the webinar, please see http://ppahs.org/2013/05/13/patient-safety-experts-share-4-insights-about-safer-opioid-pain-management/

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 the PCA safety checklist, please visit http://www.ppahs.org


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