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Learning About Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression from Logan’s Death: An Interview with Pam Parker, RN

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder & Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) An Introduction to Logan In 2016, I had the immense pleasure of interviewing Pamela Parker, BSN, RN, CAPA about what happened to her 17-year-old son, Logan.  Pamela Parker has been a registered nurse for about 30 years. She is a recovery room nurseContinue reading “Learning About Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression from Logan’s Death: An Interview with Pam Parker, RN”

Sleep Apnea and Opioids is a Deadly Combination: Ongoing Lessons from John LaChance’s Preventable Death

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) Sleep Apnea is a Common Sleep Disorder Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder. Sleep apnea patients have multiple extended pauses in breathing when asleep. This affects the oxygen supply to their bodies. As a result, approximately 20% wake up with headaches. SomeContinue reading “Sleep Apnea and Opioids is a Deadly Combination: Ongoing Lessons from John LaChance’s Preventable Death”

Identifying Patients At Risk of Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression: Interview with Dr. Ashish K Khanna

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) Opioid-induced respiratory depression can lead to serious adverse events and even death, in hospitalized patients. In its Sentinel Event Alert #49, titled “Safe use of opioids in hospitals”, the Joint Commission stated, “While opioid use is generally safe for most patients, opioid analgesicsContinue reading “Identifying Patients At Risk of Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression: Interview with Dr. Ashish K Khanna”

How a Patient Battled with CVS Caremark and Won: CVS Caremark and Non-Medication Switching 

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) This is a modern-day story of David and Goliath of how a patient took on CVS Caremark and won.  In the biblical version, David with just a staff, sling, and stones, fights the giant Goliath and wins. Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath In the modern-dayContinue reading “How a Patient Battled with CVS Caremark and Won: CVS Caremark and Non-Medication Switching ”

Misinformation is a Patient Safety Issue: 4 Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe from Misinformation

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) As the Executive Director for the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, I oversee our blog. I have the responsibility on a weekly basis for writing and vetting articles submitted to us for publication. Many people rely upon PPAHS for health information (ourContinue reading “Misinformation is a Patient Safety Issue: 4 Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe from Misinformation”

Alzheimer’s caregivers need support

Editor’s note: In this guest post, Anna Preston, a consultant with Live-In Care Hub, a UK non-profit organization, discusses the needs of caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and provides resources these caregivers can access to get the support they may need. By Anna Preston (Live-In Care Hub, a UK non-profit) According to the Alzheimer’s Society, thereContinue reading “Alzheimer’s caregivers need support”

No Time to Wait: See Your Doctor if You Experience Afib/DVT/PE Symptoms

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) There is No Time to Wait if You Experience AFib/DVT/PE Symptoms The world has been a scary place over the last two years with the COVID-19 pandemic raging all around us. With social distancing and masking recommendations, reports of crowded hospitals, and patientContinue reading “No Time to Wait: See Your Doctor if You Experience Afib/DVT/PE Symptoms”

Should Patient Safety Best Practices Be Legislated?

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) That’s the question that I have been asking myself ever since the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety was asked to support the Inpatient Opioid Safety Act of 2021(Bill # HR5932) introduced by Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Tom Emmer (R-MN). This bi-partisanContinue reading “Should Patient Safety Best Practices Be Legislated?”

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