On July 17, 2014, PSO Participants were invited to attend “PSO Participation and Protections – a Practical and Legal Perspective”, a webinar cohosted by the North Carolina Quality Center PSO and the Center for Patient Safety PSO. Topic coverage included legal perspectives and PSOs presented by Michael R. Callahan. Mr. Callahan also reviewed case law and the North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri Statutes. CPS PSO Participants can download materials and watch the recorded session.
Almost a year later…have you read it yet?
It’s been almost a year since once of the most important safety and culture documents has been released. The Center for Patient Safety encourages you to read the Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety and support discussion with your peers.
The Center for Patient Safety is exited to announce our newly acquired membership with the American Ambulance Association (AAA). Our membership with AAA will support the opportunity to engage work with EMS leaders from diverse organizations around the country. The Center will be exhibiting at the AAA Annual Conference and Trade Show November 17-19 in Las Vegas.
For more information visit their website: http://www.the-aaa.org/
On July 17, a Subcommittee of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, held a hearing “More than 1,000 Preventable Deaths a Day is Too Many: The Need to Improve Patient Safety”; a topic near and dear to the heart of the Center for Patient Safety.
National patient safety experts testified before the subcommittee highlighting the need for increased attention on patient safety and the need to reduce patient harm. Highlights of testimony provided by these experts included updated statistics on preventable deaths being as high as 400,000 annually and a call for a focus on the science of safety, improving the safety culture, improving measurement, utilizing health information technology to link systems and providing more information to the public about quality and safety to make health care decisions. Possible solutions offered by these experts include a greater role for the government such as expanding the role of the CDC to receive and report data, developing a National Patient Safety Board or expanding roles of The Joint Commission and CMS to increase health care oversight, enhancing information technology, increasing transparency and aligning leadership incentives focused on quality and safety.
Many of the topics are being addressed through the Center’s work: The importance of assessing and improving the safety culture; collecting adverse event, near miss and unsafe conditions to identify what medical errors occur, evaluate why they occur and identify solutions to prevent harm; encouraging discussions across providers on medical error, harm and prevention to share learning and training and supporting evidence based practices to improve safety culture and reduce healthcare-acquired infections through our work in collaboration with the Missouri Hospital Association.
A Webcast of the hearing is available at http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=478e8a35-5056-a032-52f8-a65f8bd0e5ef.
As part of IHI’s overall plan to engage with those who share our passion for improvement, the IHI Open School is collaborating with the University of Florida on a new massive open online course (MOOC) called “Fixing Healthcare Delivery.” The course will be offered for free by Coursera, an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer online courses. Starting September 1, the eight-week online course will cover five areas critical to improving the delivery of care: systems thinking; human factors design; teamwork; leadership; and mobilization. Lead faculty for the course is Dr. Fred Southwick, Professor of Medicine and former Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Florida, and Harvard Business School Advanced Leadership Fellow. The course features Open School videos and content, and is relevant for providers and patients alike. Watch a video to learn more about the free course.
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- Managing Human Error in Complex Systems
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There was strong interest about ambulance design standards and safety at the MAA membership meeting last week. Ron Thackery, AMR, Senior Vice President of Professional Services and Integration presented “National Ambulance Standards: What’s Ahead”. Many EMS leaders wonder what the future holds as new design and safety standards will likely increase the cost of manufacturing.
Mr. Thackery’s discussion topics included:
- National standards – do they exist for safety and what is their impact on EMS?
- The differences between the GSA/KKK ambulance design standard, NFPA 1917 and CAAS GVS 2015.
- Why so many EMTs/Medics do not currently wear seat belts in the back of an ambulance.
- How you can improve the culture of safety in your organization.
- Are bigger ambulances really better?
- Now that you’ve seen powered cots and powered loading devices – what’s next on the horizon?
- Do ergonomics matter in the back of the rig?
Terry Buddemeyer, Director for the Washington Area Ambulance District, commented about the presentation: “The presentation was extremely helpful in understanding the different definitions that are being used in our industry… I also found the simulated crash information very concerning, in fact it would be good for our EMT’s and Paramedics to see what happens at a 30 mph crash.”
The Center is excited to be spending Tuesday July 15th in Chicago with colleagues from the Missouri Hospital Association, AHA’s Health Research and Education Trust and others to bring home everything we need to support interested nursing home in a collaborative opportunity focused on safety culture and infection prevention. The collaborative will bring national experts, evidence-based practices and expert support to participating nursing homes! Look for more information and recruitment information soon!