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Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety

In alarm fatigue, Force function, High Reliability Orgs, hospital, Patient Safety on April 15, 2012 at 6:56 am

What can be better than a caregiver-patient alliance for safety?

Check out this website from PPAHS

Improving health and safety involves many facets:

  • Innovative technology to provide for necessary monitoring of patient vital signs. For example, as the Wall Street Journal proclaimed in its story about Howard Snitzer “A little known device is shaking conventional wisdom for reviving people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest: People may be able to go much longer without a pulse than the 20 minutes previously believed.”
  • Health Care Providers who must make critical live-saving decisions, such as anesthesiologists who, as the American Society of Anesthesiologists says, “are responsible for administering anesthesia to relieve pain and for managing vital life functions, including breathing, heart rhythm and blood pressure, during surgery. After surgery, they maintain the patient in a comfortable state during the recovery and are involved in the provision of critical care medicine in the intensive care unit.”
  • Information on what works and how it enhances patient health and safety.”

Much of their site is dedicated to respiratory events and technology.

Here is an interesting post about children and sedation.  Is monitoring RR and o2 via pulse oximeter giving us a false sense of security?


Human Factor response to Boston globe article

In alarm fatigue, hospital, Patient Safety on February 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

The Boston globe recently published sort of a lay person’s view of the issue of monitor fatigue. Some of the comments that follow by readers illustrate the classic mistake in approaching human error: to blame the human. There are a small number of posts that host some derogatory comments about nurses and their capability and commitment to patients. Over at the Human Factors Blog they have published a response to this article using, obviously a human factors lens.
Check it out here..False alarms in the hospital

To check out the Globe article click here: Part one Part two

Safetydog’s previous post on this topic with more references: Alarm fatigue

Best Practice Alarm Fatigue

In alarm fatigue, Patient Safety on November 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

I thought I would share references from a recent literature search on alarm fatigue and cardiorespiratory monitoring of patients.

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