What have you done for patient safety?

Each year, Harvard University hosts one of the leading forums on patient safety, quality enhancement and medical error reduction. This year I attended the forum, The Eleventh National Quality Colloquium, to present on the PCA Safety Checklist, which I developed with a team of health experts and targets use of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). The PCA Safety Checklist supports … Continue reading

Patient Safety Checklist Helps Address Opioid Warnings from TJC: Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety checklist supports Sentinel Event Alert on opioid hazards

This article is a reprinted with the permission of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (PSQH).  Improving patient safety is one of the most urgent issues facing healthcare today. PSQH is written for and by people who are involved directly in improving patient safety and the quality of care. By Sean Power and Michael Wong On August 8, … Continue reading

Should Safety Checklist be a Standard of Care?

Recently, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), an advocacy group devoted to improving patient health and safety which I founded, announced the release of a concise safety 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 … Continue reading