SONORIA and PPAHS Announce Alliance to Improve Clinical Collaboration

by Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

The Society for Non OR Intervention and Anesthesia (SONORIA) and the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) are pleased to announce their new alliance focused on promoting safety and optimized outcomes for patients undergoing procedures outside of the Operating Room. Wendy Gross MD, President of SONORIA and Michael Wong JD, CEO and Executive Director of PPAHS have each agreed to serve as advisors to their respective organization’s Boards.

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Reducing Respiratory Compromise Incidence With Better Monitoring

by Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

A new study from Jikei University found that better patient monitoring may help reduce respiratory compromise, according to a recent article in Anesthesiology News. The study findings, presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, suggested that sending patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery to the ICU for intensive monitoring during the first postoperative night improves respiratory complication–related outcomes.

The incidence and awareness of respiratory compromise outside the operating room anesthesia setting has increased significantly in recent years, according to Jeffery S. Vender, MD, clinical professor of anesthesiology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Multiple studies have shown a higher incidence of respiratory complications outside the operating room, and have suggested that better monitoring can help to prevent a higher death rate, according to Dr. Vender.

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