• Who’s a Box Cutter?

    Outside the Box Thinking — it’s probably the most hackneyed phrase about thinking differently.

    So, this site is devoted to new thinking that cuts through the crap, gets to the chase … no, those are also old and hackneyed phases!

    Let’s cut the box and leave it behind!

Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Ranked #9 Patient Safety Authority

According to Agilience, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is ranked #9 as a patient safety authority. Agilience “combines topic relevancy and peer recognition” to rank top authorities in about 10,000 topics. “It is a great honor to be recognized as an authority on patient safety,” said Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive … Continue reading

Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Turns 4 Years Old

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today celebrates its fourth anniversary. PPAHS posted its first blog on July 27, 2011, “Is it possible to survive 96-minutes without a heart beat?”. This post featured what happened to Howard Snitzer, who suffered a heart attack outside of a grocery store in Goodhue, Minnesota. Two volunteer … Continue reading

Reducing Respiratory Compromise and Depression

In a special roundtable discussion hosted February 26-27, 2015 by the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC), healthcare leaders reviewed and discussed how to reduce the risk of respiratory compromise. Respiratory compromise is the second-most frequently occurring preventable patient safety issue and causes higher mortality rates, longer hospital and ICU stays, and … Continue reading

Podcast on Risk of Blood Clots after Cesarean Delivery Now Available

“Risk of Blood Clots After Cesarean Delivery,” a podcast about the increasing risk of blood clots after cesarean delivery, is now available at the Physician-Patient Alliance For Heath & Safety YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLKvAYZkd6rZRkvy7V8ldhA/ On iTunes, the podcast is available at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/peter-cherouny-on-venous-thromboembolism/id897887688?i=338029261&mt=2 In the podcast, Peter Cherouny, MD (Emeritus Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, … Continue reading

Healthcare Leaders Meet on Respiratory Compromise To Improve Patient Safety and Save Lives

Respiratory compromise is the second-most frequently occurring preventable patient safety issue and causes higher mortality rates, longer hospital and ICU stays, and millions of healthcare dollars every single year. It is the third most rapidly increasing hospital inpatient cost in the United States. Respiratory compromise consists of respiratory insufficiency, distress, arrest, and failure. In a … Continue reading

Outpatient Centers vs. Hospitals: Lessons Learned from the Death of Joan Rivers

The headline of a recent Washington Post article reads “Joan Rivers’s death spurs new look at outpatient centers”. Although ABC News reports that the outpatient center that treated Joan Rivers is losing both Medicare certification and accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAASF), Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPE, CPPS … Continue reading

What Did Joan Rivers Die From?

Reports WomensHealth: As more details emerge about Joan Rivers’ death, one thing is clear: It could have been prevented. When it comes to elective surgery, even famous people – who have access to the best – aren’t immune to complications … One lesson we can learn from this tragedy is to think – more than … Continue reading

Healthcare Leaders to Meet on Respiratory Compromise To Improve Patient Safety and Save Lives

Respiratory compromise is the second-most frequently occurring preventable patient safety issue and causes higher mortality rates, longer hospital and ICU stays, and millions of healthcare dollars every single year. It is the third most rapidly increasing hospital inpatient cost in the United States. Respiratory compromise consists of respiratory insufficiency, distress, arrest, and failure. In a … Continue reading

New Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations Prevent Blood Clots In Stroke Patients

Health Expert Panel Encourage Use of Venous Thromboembolism Recommendations to Reduce Adverse Events and Save Lives The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is pleased to announce the release of safety recommendations targeting the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in stroke patients. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., with 800,000 … Continue reading

Recommendations for Reducing Death and Disability among Stroke Victims to be released at International Stroke Conference 2015

Guidelines Poised to Change Standard of Care for Stroke Treatment and Help Caregivers Lower Incidences of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Patients To reduce death and disability among stroke victims – and help healthcare providers lower rates of life-threatening venous thromboembolism (VTE) in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patients – leading neurological health … Continue reading

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