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Michael Wong, JD

Michael Wong, JD
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Michael Wong, JD is the founder and Executive Director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety (PPAHS). He has been at the forefront in driving practical solutions that reduce healthcare costs, decrease medical errors, and improve patient health outcomes. He has been particularly active in these areas that most affect patient safety: • Improving patient adherence (i.e. helping patients to take their medications as prescribed by their physicians) • Enhancing patient access to healthcare • Reducing medical errors (PPAHS), is an advocacy group of physicians, patient advocates, and healthcare organizations. Supporters of and commenters for PPAHS include highly respected physicians and healthcare organizations, including the The Joint Commission, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, Anesthesia Quality Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Cleveland Clinic.
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Opioids Can Kill People in the Hospital Too

Continuous monitoring can help improve patient safety when opioids are given in the hospital but it is important not to contribute to the staff's alarm fatigue.
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How to Reduce Medication Errors by 82%

A hospital pharmacist describes how his hospital was able to reduce medication errors by 82% by following these five recommendations.
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Continuous Monitoring Could Have Saved This Patient’s Life

A hospital failed to monitor a high-risk patient being given opioids for pain. She died. This death could have been prevented with continuous monitoring.
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These 3 Key Steps Could Have Prevented Paul Buisson’s Death

After celebrated animator Paul Buisson died of an in hospital opioid overdose, three key steps were identified that could have prevented his death.

Opioid Safety Starts with Informed Mutual Decisions

Giving patients a decision-making role in their pain plan and providing them with the information they need to arrive at informed mutual decisions is foundational for opioid safety.

Joint Replacement Bundled Payments May Be Risky for Patients

CMS bundled payments for joint replacements are designed to reign in costs, but what's not in the bundle could pose patient safety risks.

5 Steps for Preventing Opioid Harm to Patients

Ideally, the clinical decision to monitor or not monitor patients receiving opioids with the available technology of pulse oximetry (for oxygenation) and capnography (for ventilation adequacy) should not be an option. However, hospital resource constraints may pose impediments to monitoring all patients receiving opioids.

What Can Be Done about Medical Errors?

To reduce patient deaths, hospitals need to become “highly reliable” organizations.

A New Tool to Predict Respiratory Failure

The patient pulmonary index gathers measures of end-tidal CO2, pulse oximetry, respiratory rate, and pulse rate into a single 10-point scale.
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5 Keys to Safer Hospital Sedation

Although procedures in which conscious sedation are used are generally safe for patients, the American Society of Anesthesiologists cautions that there are risks to over-sedating or under-sedating patients.
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Reducing the Risk of Blood Clots in Obese Pregnant Women

There are 4 key steps to reduce the risk of blood clots in obese pregnant women are plan, prevent, post-discharge care, & follow OB VTE Safety recommendations.
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Why Aren’t More Hospitals Preventing Respiratory Compromise?

Research shows that continuous monitoring in hospital medical-surgical units improves clinical outcomes, but many hospitals are not using it. Why?
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