Improving Health Care and Patient Safety Awareness: Rachelle Rotunda Joins Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Team

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Rachelle Rotunda driving PPAHS’s digital community awareness about health care and patient safety. Key initiatives in opioids safety, alarm management and blood clots.

Rachelle Rotunda driving PPAHS’s digital community awareness about health care and patient safety. Key initiatives in opioids safety, alarm management and blood clots.

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is making a difference in improving health care and patient safety.

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To improve health care and patient safety, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachelle Rotunda to the PPAHS team.

As the Digital Community Manager, Ms. Rotunda will drive PPAHS’s digital awareness effort. She will help drive engagement, improve website traffic, and enhance visibility among the digital community.

“The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is making a difference in improving health care and patient safety,” said Ms. Rotunda, “and I am proud to have a central role in helping to improve PPAHS’s presence in the digital community and ensure our health and safety messages are heard.”

PPAHS is engaged in the three key initiatives for improving patient safety and health outcomes:

  •     Alarm Management (noise fatigue) - according to The Joint Commission, alarm fatigue occurs when clinicians become desensitized or immune to the sound of an alarm. Fatigued clinicians may - turn down alarm volume, turn off alarm, or adjust alarm settings.
  •     Venous Thromboembolism (blood clots) - recent recommendations issued by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) look to reduce maternal mortality due to blood clots. These recommendations provide risk factors, such as history of VTE, obesity, hypertension and smoking, as well as risk prevention treatments.
  •     Opioid Safety (pain management) - The Joint Commission in Sentinel Event Alert on safe use of opioids in hospitals cautions: “While opioid use is generally safe for most patients, opioid analgesics may be associated with adverse effects, the most serious effect being respiratory depression, which is generally preceded by sedation.”

Together with health experts from the United States and around the world, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety has facilitated the development of:

  •     The PCA Safety Checklist to help reduce adverse events and death with patients receiving opioids through patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps.
  •     The OB VTE Safety Recommendations to help decrease the incidence of blood clots in pregnant mothers.
  •     The Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations to help prevent blood clots in stroke patients.

About Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS)

Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to promote safer clinical practices and standards for patients through collaboration among healthcare experts, professionals, scientific researchers, and others, in order to improve health care delivery. For more information, please go to http://www.ppahs.org

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