Biomed News – December 2014

December 01, 2014

PPAHS Joins AAMI’s National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety (PPAHS) celebrated their partnership with the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) on its health campaign “The National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids,” with a kick-off event held last November 17, 2014.

The event gathered a group of industry experts, healthcare leaders and organizations, who demonstrated financial results and shared strong initiatives in promoting continuous monitoring for all patients receiving opioids. The program also featured hospital presentations focused on the recommendations and resources valuable in the implementation of continuous monitoring efforts.

As a recognized advocate for improving patient safety and health outcomes through opioid safety, PPAHS was grateful for sharing the same enthusiasm with AAMI’s newly launched campaign. “We look forward to partnering with physicians, patients and families, nurses, hospital administrators, and industry partners to build the case for saving lives through continuous monitoring for all patients on opioids,” said Michael Wong, JD, Physician-Patient Alliance Executive Director and Founder.

At the first inaugural meeting of the National Coalition, PPAHS shared five stories of patient adverse events and deaths who suffered from opioid-induced respiratory depression. One of the stories that moved the participants is the tragic death of the daughter of Brian Abbiehl, who is one of the Board of Directors of the Physician-Patient Alliance. As a tribute to Amanda, Brian and his wife established the foundation A Promise to Amanda to instigate awareness towards the need for consistent patient monitoring.

AAMI Foundation’s National Coalition event was intended to provide a helpful tool for superior healthcare delivery in hospitals, clinical units, and other healthcare facilities. Similar to AAMI, AIV is a trusted provider of high-quality resources designed to support biomedical and clinical engineering field across all national, state, and local groups. Learn more about the biomedical and healthcare technology management associations that AIV supports at

Upcoming Events:

1. CMIA Annual Symposium
The California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA) will hold its annual symposium January 15 through January 18, 2015 in San Diego. The conference will feature education sessions, a vendor hall, and keynote address by George Mills at the awards dinner. For more information about the symposium, including how to register, please visit the association website at

2. Disposable Leadwires:
What I Need to Know and Why I Need to Care The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) will host a Disposable Leadwires webinar on December 18, 2014 at 1:00-2:00 pm ET. The webinar will discuss the pitfalls and challenges that can arise when using disposable leadwires and how standardizing leadwires can simplify patient transfers and reduce usage costs. Visit for online registration and complete details.

Past Event:

1. Design Control:
The Intersection of Human Factors, Industrial Design, and Risk Management AAMI in collaboration with the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) previously held a one day course last November 8, 2014 at the USF HEALTH Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa, Florida. The course presented topics related on the requirements and human factors (HF) in designing a medical product, as well as the role of usability and HF in designing safe and effective product, and the role of risk management in the usability and HF process.

About the Author

Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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