A vibrant 18-year-old girl is dead – one of the victims of patient controlled analgesia pumps.
Michael Wong and Cindy and Amanda’s father, Brian Abbiehl team up in this interview to discuss the risks associated with patient controlled analgesia pumps.
- why 18-year-old Amanda Abbiehl died within 2 days of entering the hospital
- the answer to the question, “what could have prevented Amanda’s death”
- how patient controlled analgesia pumps work and how they can be dangerous
- what you should know about PCA pumps
Amanda Abbiehl was an 18-year-old girl, full of life, and with lots of friends, who went to the hospital for treatment for pneumonia and dehydration. Less than 24 hours after she started receiving pain medication by a patient controlled analgesia pump, Amanda was dead. In this interview, her parents tell her story.
Michael Wong, Esq is the founder of Physician Patient Alliance for Health and Safety and has been the driving force behind its creation and direction to initially target the use of patient controlled analgesia pumps. Like a serial entrepreneur, Mike has been behind many healthcare initiatives, including encouraging people to quit smoking, get tested and treated for hepatitis, and take their medications as prescribed by their physicians. As well, he has helped improve access to health care.
Pat Iyer and Michael Wong worked together to product podcasts on patient safety issues.