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SOURCE Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS)
CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today announced the formation of a group of renowned health experts to assist in the development of a safety checklist targeting the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in maternal patients (antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum).
"For pregnant women, the risk of VTE is 4-5 times higher than women who are not pregnant," says Dr. Andra James (Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine). "Moreover, this risk is at least twice as much following cesarean delivery."
To help address this patient safety issue, PPAHS has brought together the following individuals to assist in the development of a succinct checklist targeting VTE for maternal patients:
Michael Wong, JD, founder and executive director of the Physician-Patient Alliance, said, "We are very pleased that such a well-respected body of individuals will be assisting in the development of the safety checklist targeting the prevention of VTE in maternal patients."
Titles and organizations with whom these individuals are affiliated have been identified for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an endorsement of or support by such organization to PPAHS or the viewpoints communicated by the these individuals.
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is an advocacy group devoted to improving patient health and safety. PPAHS supporters include physicians, patients, individuals, and organizations. For information can be found at www.ppahs.org
PPAHS recently released a concise checklist that reminds caregivers of the essential steps needed to be taken to initiate Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) with a patient and to continue to assess that patient's use of PCA. For a free download of the PCA safety checklist, please visit http://www.ppahs.org
In addition, PPAHS is developing a checklist targeting venous thromboembolism (commonly referred to as blood clots) for women having cesarean and vaginal delivery, and the extension of prophylaxis post discharge; for more on this initiative, please see http://ppahs.org/2013/05/02/preventing-death-following-cesarean-delivery/
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