Navigation Links
Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Announces New Expert Checklist for Facilitating Safety of Hospital-Based Intravenous Patient-Controlled Analgesia Pumps
Date:7/17/2012

CHICAGO, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), an advocacy group devoted to improving patient health and safety, today announced the release of 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.

The checklist was developed in conjunction with renowned medical experts, including intensive care specialist and a leader in medical checklist development Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine and Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Medical Director, Center for Innovation in Quality Patient; and Atul Gawande, MD, Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, who is a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and author of "The Checklist Manifesto."

This safety checklist targeting PCA can be viewed and downloaded for free at www.ppahs.org

"Every patient in a hospital has a responsibility to work with their healthcare provider to ensure their own safety," said Michael Wong, executive director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety.  "That is why, with the support of noted experts, we have developed a checklist of safety procedures for healthcare providers and patients using IV PCAs.  It is through the active collaboration of physicians, nurses and patients themselves that true patient safety be achieved."

More than 56,000 adverse events and 700 patient deaths were linked to PCA pumps in reports to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 2005 and 2009. One out of 378 post-surgical patients are harmed or die from errors related to the patient-controlled pumps that help relieve pain after surgical procedures, such as knee or abdominal surgery.

While research being conducted for alternatives to current PCA pumps is encouraging, for the sake of patient safety, healthcare providers should not maintain the status quo and wait for future developments.  Today's patients and their family members should ask healthcare professionals:

  • How the pump works and for a demonstration of warning signs
  • Whether the patient's oxygen levels are being monitored
  • Whether the patient is being monitored for adequacy of ventilation
  • If the patient's weight, medical conditions and other medications are being taken into account

"Hospital protocols should call for two professionals to confirm pump settings, and continuous electronically monitoring of all their patients using PCA pumps with pulse oximetry and/or capnography, along with other measures to ensure the safety of patients.  A number of centers now use capnography only to monitor ventilation in PCA patients. They have overcome the hurdles of early adoption and alarm fatigue with capnography and are showing excellent results. They have chosen to do this since they recognize the propensity for patients to be placed on supplemental oxygen and in that setting, the pulse oximeter may issue a delayed warning of critical respiratory depression," commented Frank Overdyk, MD, Executive Director for Research, North American Partners in Anesthesiology, and Professor of Anesthesiology at Hofstra University School of Medicine, who was instrumental in the development of the Checklist.  "The technology and know-how exist to reduce PCA-related incidents and deaths, and more advanced technology is being developed for the future."

About PPAHS

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is an advocacy group devoted to improving patient health and safety.  PPAHS, whose members include physicians, patients, individuals, and organizations, was inspired by Howard Snitzer, who survived 96 minutes without a heartbeat.  Snitzer's resuscitation by volunteer paramedics and Dr. Roger White at the Mayo Clinic is a truly remarkable story.

PPAHS Executive Director Michael Wong is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Patient Compliance, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to improving patient adherence.  Wong is passionate about improving patient safety and health outcomes through technology like capnography, a type of patient monitoring.

For more information and to download the PCA safety checklist, please visit www.ppahs.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety: Monitoring the High-Acuity Patient: Does Risk Stratification Increase or Decrease Patient Safety?
2. Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety: Monitoring Technology for PCA Pumps Can Prevent Adverse Events: So Why Are Hospitals Not Using It?
3. Misonix And Soelim Create New Distribution Alliance For South Korea
4. Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and MedAvante Announce Alliance
5. Bacterin International Signs Its Fourth National GPO Contract with the Premier healthcare alliance
6. The UCB-Harvard Research Alliance Expands and Moves Forward
7. Nonin Medicals Tissue Oximetry System Recognized at Premier Healthcare Alliance Innovation Celebration
8. Premier healthcare alliance honors Atrium Medical Corporation for operational excellence
9. Elekta and The Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital Sign Strategic Alliance to Further Cancer Research
10. Rittal Corp. Joins the HP ProActive Insight Architecture Alliance
11. UBM Canon, the Global MedTech Authority, Announces Strategic Alliance with ITG Market Research, a Preeminent Industry Research Organization
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... , June 27, 2016  VMS Rehab Systems, Inc. ... will take whatever measures required to build a strong ... which is currently listed on the OTC Markets-pink current ... Chairman and CEO, "We are seeing an anomaly in ... understand, not only by the Company, but shareholders and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016   Bay Area Lyme Foundation ... Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness , Harvard ... MIT Hacking Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, and ... the five finalists of Lyme Innovation , ... than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... and SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016 ... mobile pulmonary function testing company, is now able to perform sophisticated ... by ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. Patients ... hospital-based labs.  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients ... get any needed testing done in the comfort of her own ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June ... sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, ... of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s leading providers of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes for ... Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , AIR ... care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers will ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. ... his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in ... to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a ... such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain ... following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, an ... Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic Suresmile technology, ... , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It can be ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):